by aditya abhishek
Due to environmental impact of conventional farming practices many farmers are exploring alternative methods, including organic or sustainable farming.
If you're a conventional farmer looking to make the switch to organic farming, there are several steps you can take to convert your farming enterprise.
It is based on a holistic approach to agriculture that focuses on building healthy soil, promoting biodiversity, & minimizing the use of synthetic inputs.
Healthy soil is the foundation of organic farming. Before making the switch, you'll need to assess the health of your soil to determine what steps you need to take to improve it.
It involves selecting crops that are well-suited to your growing conditions and that can thrive without synthetic inputs.
Some crops, such as legumes, can help to fix nitrogen in the soil, reducing the need for synthetic fertilizers, while cover crops can help to suppress weeds & improve soil health.
Management is approached through a combination of prevention and natural control methods such as crop rotation, using beneficial insects, bio-pesticides, etc.
It relies on a nutrient management plan that focuses on building soil health such as using compost, cover crops, and natural fertilizers such as manure and bone meal.
If you plan to sell your crops as organic, you'll need to obtain certification from a third-party certifying agency such as APEDA.
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