FEED THE SOIL

Conserving Biodiversity, Promoting Sustainable Agriculture

Our researches showed feeding the soil organically is better way to produce healthy and nutritious food while posing no risk to soil health.

Use Case

In Nepalese context, there is a growing trend of using the chemical based fertilizers and pesticides in competition with neighbor farmer. Due to this, organic matter (OM) % in soil is declining to about 1-2%. Soil pollution is a hidden reality. One third of the global soils are already degraded. A healthy soil contains 5% OM. Haphazard use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides have degraded the soil physical, chemical as well as biological properties. Due to the soil pollution, water holding capacity is declining irrigation efficiency and increasing irrigation requirements. Applying nutrients rich on OM on top soil can help retain 30% more water, reducing water usage and saving money. Producing inorganic food in bulk quantity is not a sustainable way to fight food security.

Potential

Most farmers are unaware of the long term and indirect effects of pesticides on food production systems, own health, consumers and the environment indicating urgent need to take necessary strategies to minimize use and misuse of pesticides. In Nepal, average crop losses due to diseases and pests accounts from 25-35%. And due to lack of knowledge on the use of biopesticides, most of the farmers think that chemical method is either the most effective or only way of disease and pest management. Due to this, trend of pesticide use is increasing in Nepal by about 10-20 percent per year and expenses on pesticide in market-oriented vegetables and fruit production has been a major cost factor. Bioproducts are affordable, environment friendly and healthy to human health.

Business Case

We aim to minimize soil pollution; for this investment on feeding the soil organically, matters most. Slowly, farmers and consumers are becoming aware of negative impacts of chemical based synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to human and environmental health. Out of 77 districts, one district Jumla is already announced totally organic district. And, this trend increased after recently conducted election because political leaders are focused on making their state organic. So, use of bioproducts is expected to increase by huge margin. As an agriculturist we are providing farmers training related to Integrated Pest management (IPM) and organic farming. Feeding the soil helps to keep pest, diseases below economic threshold level. On long run, there is increased productivity and high profit.

Objectives:

  1. To improve the soil health and ensure sustainable food production system.
  2. Increase the income of the farmers from the production of organic foods and contribute in healthy and nutritious food production.
  3. To make farmers know how soil pollution affects the food we eat, water we drink, air we breathe, our health and the health of all organisms.

Team Feed the soil

Bhaktapur, Nepal

Our Team

  • Susan Makaju Himalayan college of Agriculture science and Tech, Nepal
  • Sunmoon Jyakho Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Tech , Nepal
  • Sulochana Giri Himalayan college of Agriculture science and Tech, Nepal
  • Sarkal Jyakhwo Himalayan college of Agricultural sciences and Tech (HICAST), Nepal

Our Mission

Major mission of my team is to grow organic and eat organic, making the system of agriculture an organic system. We are working on managing the pests and diseases in agricultural crops using bio control agents which are ecofriendly as well. To restore the soil, feeding the soil microbes is our target. Overall the mission is to protect the environmental biodiversity and promote sustainable agriculture. Stop the soil pollution.

Our Background

Our team is a specialized team of researchers from agricultural background. We are trying to participate the event to promote the organic agriculture. We are trying to produce the foods we consume with and integrated approach and want others learn that producing organic food is really only way to make agricultural system, a sustainable system. We care about the soil health. Healthy soil, Healthy production is our motto.

Our Team

  • Susan Makaju Himalayan college of Agriculture science and Tech, Nepal
  • Sunmoon Jyakho Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Tech , Nepal
  • Sulochana Giri Himalayan college of Agriculture science and Tech, Nepal
  • Sarkal Jyakhwo Himalayan college of Agricultural sciences and Tech (HICAST), Nepal

Our Mission

Major mission of my team is to grow organic and eat organic, making the system of agriculture an organic system. We are working on managing the pests and ...Read More

Our Background

Our team is a specialized team of researchers from agricultural background. We are trying to participate the event to promote the organic agriculture. We are trying to produce ...Read More

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