In our first blog redefining agriculture, we talked about how a change is coming and how agriculture needs to be redefined to provide for a growing population.

This blog, however, tries to go a bit deeper into the organic farming business.

What is organic farming?

Let’s begin by understanding what organic farming is. Generally in urban and rural areas, anything grown or consumed out of the Earth is confused as being organic. As explained in the previous article, there is a huge difference between different types of farming.

The basic meaning of organic farming is that in organic farming agriculture systems, fertilizers that are used are of organic origin like compost, or green manure, or bone meal.  Organic farming also includes farming methods such as crop rotation, but this blog dwells more on the kind of products used to help crop growth. Organic farming can also be defined as a system that uses ecological pest controls and bio-fertilizers.

Compared with conventional agriculture, organic farming uses fewer pesticides, reduces soil erosion, decreases nitrate leaching into groundwater and surface water, and recycles animal wastes back into the farm. A certain stereotype is connected to an organic farmer, ‘A small landowner with limited crops’ image is long gone. New age organic farming techniques, have been taken up by large cooperations as well and can be soon a foundational building block towards sustainable agriculture.

 

What are organic pestisides and inssectisides (fertilizers, insecticides, viricides, etc.) and how do they benefit the farmer? 

The distinction between organic pesticides and pesticides manufactured from organic materials should be quite clear. On one hand, organic fertilizers mean naturally occurring substances that act as fertilizers for your plants, while on the other fertilizers manufactured from organic material still go under different processes and are used as commercial fertilizers but since the raw materials used are naturally occurring, the residue is negligible. Since there is no residue, the chemical waste during the manufacturing process is not generated thus limiting the effect on the environment. During its use too, the materials avoid harming the local flora and fauna. There is still a lot to research on the usage of naturally occurring fertilizers and their effect on crop cultivation on a larger scale. There needs to be a balance. For example, Ajinkya’s velvet (viricide), quite popular in UP, Maharashtra, Punjab, and other farming states uses natural herbs to keep out viruses from your crops. Usually, chemical fertilizers leave chemical residue and upon overuse may lead to algal bloom due to chemical run-off.

Products like Velvet can help the farmer reduce the environmental threats, which in turn affects the climate negatively resulting in climate change which is catastrophic in the long run for agriculture. Flash floods, dry seasons, uneven rainfall, and off-season rainfall are now becoming a common occurrence, these things are part of climate change caused by a cumulation of human activities.

These products can also help a farmer earn extra income or save some costs by recycling a few products. Plus, anyone can start farming on a small scale and can still expect a strong yield as organic supplements ensure good crop health.

Ajinkya Chemtech has a plethora of products with organic raw materials and the manufacturing process itself is residue-free. Ajinkya is one of the major distributors of ‘organic plant growth regulators’, ‘organic fertilizers’ and ‘special organic formulas’. Any farmer from substance to commercials can easily access a distributor in the area and avail these products. You can check out some of the products from Ajinkya’s agriculture inventory on https://ajinkyaindia.com/agriculture/

Conclusion 

The struggles of a farmer and agriculture industry are real, we are the feeders of the world and our problems have to be addressed differently. But, as we love our environment and are practically being raised in nature, the farming community needs to come together to solve our issues and come up with innovative solutions which set a benchmark for other industries to follow.