We don’t want to protect the environment, We want to create a world where the environment does not need protection.
What is Low Cost Organic Agriculture (LCOA)?
Low Cost Organic Agriculture (LCOA) practices focus on optimum utilization of naturally occurring plant nutrients of the soil by plant with the help of microorganisms and earthworms. LCOA practices facilitate creating of microenvironment in the topsoil and make it conducive for smooth functioning of microorganisms and earthworms. This way plant’s requirement of external inputs decreases drastically. Further whatever external inputs are administered most of them are homemade and are made from household materials. It helps in keeping the farm input expenses in check
Why Low Cost Organic Agriculture (LCOA)?
a) The agriculture sector in developing countries of Asia and Africa is marred by expensive farm inputs at the very foundation level, it leads to high cost of farming, debt ridden farmers, highly increased farmer risk as the actual realization of return on farmer’s investment depends on tow major factors i.e. weather and market prices and most of the times the farmer is at the loosing end. LCOA inputs significantly decreases the farmer’s risk and increase agricultural profit margins.
b) In present scenario as agriculture is becoming less lucrative the village youth is migrating towards the cities for greener pastures. This migration not only poses threat of extinction on local culture but at the same time put unhealthy pressure on city’s resources.
c) The ill effects of excessive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides towards the environment and human beings can’t be ignored. Some of them are ground water contamination, marine dead zones, soil acidification, depletion of topsoil microorganisms, ozone layer depletion and threat of cancer like diseases to humans.
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