Farmers elected to capitalize on vermicomposting
Farmers have elected to capitalize on vermicomposting
Thursday, 13 January 2011 (Manila Sector) Pangasinan, Philippines—The economy may leave many folks dirt poor, but people with foresight can make themselves dirt rich. In this western Pangasinan town, the local government has invested in the “lowly worm” to revitalize farmlands rendered almost unproductive because of excessive chemical fertilizer use.
In Baguio, the city government will begin converting organic waste and sewage into powdered fertilizer, solving its three-year-old garbage crisis while earning big time from the waste.
Bani Mayor Marcelo Navarro says a hundred of his town’s farmers have elected to capitalize on vermicomposting, and their children have since been taught that the wiggly earthworms are their garden friends. The technology harnesses earthworms, which burrow into acrid soil and toss up the earth, while worm excrement serves as inputs that fertilize the ground. Navarro says farmers have trained to handle earthworms in their backwards. He says 10 of them spread vermicast, or vermicompost (worm excrement), on their farms while the rest combine vermicast with commercial fertilizer.
The project is part of the Balanced Integrated Bio-Farming System (Bibfs), which the Department of Agriculture defines as an “integrated and balanced bio-fertilization system and bio-remediation measure scientifically crafted for agricultural production.”