BANDUNG. Fertilizer is any substance used to add nutrients to the soil to promote soil fertility and increase plant growth. Notice how nothing in there mentions the actual soil health; that’s because not all fertilizers are made the same and not all are healthy for the soil.
Soil health relies on a balance of macronutrients and micronutrients, as well as microbial health. It’s vastly more complicated than simply adding nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (NPK) to the ground and calling it a day.
The biggest issue facing the use of chemical fertilizers is groundwater contamination. Nitrogen fertilizers break down into nitrates and travel easily through the soil. Because it is water-soluble and can remain in groundwater for decades, the addition of more nitrogen over the years has an accumulative effect.
Considering this issue, RZ and Inspiration Volunteer attempted to provide a solution through training of liquid organic fertilizer production. Organic fertilizers are carbon-based compounds that increase the productivity and growth quality of plants. They have various benefits over chemical fertilizers such as fertility of soil and safe environment.
One of target farmer communities was Mekarwangi Farmer Community. In the last six months, this community has successfully produced their own liquid organic fertilizer named “Super Organo” for their own farms and for sale.
Every month, this community could produce up to 150 liters Super Organo. Each bottle is sold for 35.000 rupiah. “When we use Super Organo, we could produce a high quality of vegetable and fruit,” Mardiman, a farmer, said. ***
Newsroom/RZ Magz #20Mei2015