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Delwar Kabir, Jhenidah
Being inspired and motivated by district agricultural officials, the farmers of Jhenidah have started adding the organic fertiliser to soil with an aim to enrich soil health.
They advised to apply more organic fertilisers in the soil to produce chemical-free safe food, said farmers of the district.
They, however, said that although the percentage of organic fertiliser is not enough yet, the Department of Agriculture Extension (DAE) officials said it will help enrich the soil health gradually.
During a Thursday visit at several villages under Shailakupa upazila of the district, this correspondent talked to a number of farmers engaged in applying cow-dung made organic fertiliser in the soil.
Akteruzzaman of Boria village said they prepare the organic fertiliser from cow-dung at home. They produce and apply the organic fertiliser to their land round the year.
Shamsul Islam and some other farmers of the same village expressed almost same opinion.
They said, “Most of the farmers more or less apply the same on their lands. Those who cannot produce the organic fertiliser, purchase from other farmers. The use of organic fertiliser is rampant during the early stage of the winter, especially during Bangla month Agrahayan.”
According to district DAE sources, the demand of the organic fertiliser like cow-dung, vermi-compost, heap compost, pit compost etc. are 5.5 lakh tonnes a year, while the farmers produce only eight percent of the demand. It is too inadequate to meet the huge demand.
“As a result, the farmers are bound to meet rest 92 percent of the demand with chemical fertilizers like urea, triple super phosphate (TSP), muriatic potash (MP), dye-ammonium phosphate (DAP),” sources said, adding that the demand of the chemical fertiliser in the district for three crop seasons is 2.7 lakh tonnes a year. Item-wise demand is 1.2 lakh tonnes of urea, 56,933 tonnes of TSP, 32,317 tonnes of DAP and 60,349 tones of MOP.
But the concerned authorities have supplied a total of 116,488 tones of the chemical fertilizer so far. The ministry of agriculture supplies the fertilizer as per the demand of the agriculture offices when necessary, the sources said.
Deputy director of district DAE GM AbdurRauf when contacted told the Bangladesh Post: “The farmers of the district have started producing more and more organic fertilisers themselves when its quantity reduced drastically in the soil. The percentage of the organic fertiliser in the soil of Jhenidah is almost above one percent as against soil’s requirement for five percent.”
The DAE field level staffs have been advising the farmers to apply more organic fertilisers in the soil to produce chemical-free safe food, while the crisis of cattle herd in the villages are not acute like past times.
But a significant trend is visible nowadays as the rural people are now rearing cattle herd targeting to sell during Korbani and milk production purposes round the year. It has been adding additional organic fertiliser in the soil once again.