by aditya abhishek
Concept of biodynamic farming was developed in 1924 by Rudolf Steiner. It is alternative form of farming that is similar to zero budget natural farming except its mystical concepts.
Use of any external inputs such as chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides are prohibited in biodynamic agriculture. It is based mainly on 4 principles.
Crop rotation is important for nutrient recycling in the soil. It improves soil fertility and also reduced rate of soil erosion.
Incorportaing animal husbandry adds extra benefits. It is the source of income as well as it is a great surce of nutrients for farm.
Composting crop residue and livestock waste helps in generating source of nutrients for farm crops.
This is the mystical part of this farming method. Sowing calender depends on influence of cosmic bodies such as Moon.
Biodynamic farming helps in improving soil fertility, reducing impact of soil erosion, reducing input cost, increasing profit by ensuring higher yield.
But it has major drawback in pest and diseases management. Although in present world biodynamic farming can prove helpful in improving soil health.
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