Agriculture Ministry poised to increase organic fertilizer usage

Date : 31 ธันวาคม 2557
BANGKOK, 31 December 2014 (NNT) – The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives is set to push the usage of organic fertilizers among local farmers in an effort to cut down their production costs.

Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Pitipong Pungbun Na Ayudhya said the use of organic fertilizers would not only help agriculturists save costs by relying less on chemical products, but would also improve the soil quality which would later lead to higher yields.

The ministry and related agencies have so far succeeded in promoting the use of over 200,000 tons of natural fertilizers in all 77 provinces. They have in addition set up 94 community soil and fertilizer management centers to develop proper soil conditions for economically important plants, namely rubber, rice, oil palm, cassava, fruit and vegetables. The centers also serve as the knowledge sources for farmers regarding the cost-cutting cultivation.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has planned to push up the quantity of non-chemical fertilizers used by at least 250,000 tons and cut down the usage of chemical fertilizers by at least 20 percent.

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