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FBO chairman recommends organic fertilizer for farmers

The Chairman of the Akosombo Asokwa Farmers Association in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, Mr Isaac Amgmor has recommended the use of organic fertilizer against the use of inorganic fertilizer.

His recommendation is attributed to what he calls “the ability of organic fertilizer to improve the structure of the soil and increase its ability to hold water and nutrients.

Speaking in an interview with Captain Adabuga, the host of Rite FM’s Morning Show, Mr. Angmor cited the role earthworms play to the formation and sustenance of a healthy soil.

“Earthworms are extremely important to healthy soil and organic fertilizer relies on soil organisms to break down organic matter so that nutrients are released more slowly than they are from inorganic fertilizer,” he explained.

He added that this slow release method reduces the risk of nutrient leaching, but it takes time to supply nutrients to plants.

According to him, when you view soil as a living organism (it is and we should), you can easily see why it might matter what type of fertilizer we choose to use. He said chemical fertilizers in effect kill the soil while organic fertilizers improve and sustain the soil.

“In the case of inorganic fertilizer, they are constantly burrowing through the soil, aerating it and depositing rich castings as they consume organic matter,” he , adding that earthworms are rarely present in soil that has been treated with chemical fertilizers.

He said without these wonderful creatures, the soil suffers from lack of aeration and the elimination of naturally occurring fertilizers.

Source: Prince Paul Amuzu/ritefmonline.org/princeamuzu667@gmail.com

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