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Indonesian organic farming: reducing dependence on imported pesticides and fertilizers
This way, the farmers have produced -by themselves- organic fertilizers and insecticides for their fields.
Local farmer Bambang Riatmojo said he could produce organic fertilizer by mixing chopped wild plants and homemade micro-organism liquid. “Previously, I opened vegetable fields by employing the slash-and-burn method, after which I used chemical fertilizers and insecticides. Now, to open a vegetable field, I have maximized the use of locally made compost and natural insecticides,” Riatmojo told The Jakarta Post.
By using compost and natural insecticides, he said, chilli plants could live longer and have larger crop yields. Chilli plants grown with chemical fertilizer will survive only for some six months, he claims.
“In organic farming, growers must be more patient and clear their plants of pests, such as caterpillars, which can be removed easily by natural methods, including by growing certain plants in their surrounding areas to attract natural predators.”
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