Thursday, April 15, 2010

Farmers go organic in the use of eco-friendly planting method

"Hundreds of farmers in Klaten regency, Central Java, no longer fully depend on chemical fertilizers and pesticides, applying eco-friendly organic fertilizer instead.

Leader of the Tani Mulyo farming group, Juwandi, said that at present, 75 percent of the farmers' crops in Karanglo and Polanharjo villages were provided with organic fertilizer. The rest still used chemical ones.

"We will use 100 percent organic fertilizer during the upcoming planting season," he said.

He said previously, farmers depended on chemical fertilizer, which was expensive as well as harmful.

"Seventy percent of farmers here cultivate farms on a profit-sharing basis. Expensive fertilizer and pesticides impacted on their finances," he said."

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