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Farmers Advised To Use More Organic Fertilisers

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 12:56 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

An agriculturalist, Mr Adamu Gar, has urged farmers to use more of organic fertiliser in order to produce healthy crops for human consumption.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bauchi on Wednesday that the measure would check harmful chemicals usually associated with the use of chemical fertilisers.

Gar, who is also a managing partner of an agricultural consulting firm, `Byally Associate Nig. Ltd.’, said the use of organic fertiliser would also add value to agricultural production, and increase income.

According to him, crops produced using chemical fertiliser are usually contaminated by chemicals that are harmful to human body, while crops produced using organic fertiliser prevents diseases.

He blamed the rising cases of diabetes, hypertension and glaucoma, among others, on the high consumption of chemically-contaminated crops.“Whenever you grow any crop under organic system, it will be free of any chemical contamination and it will be good for human health.

“If you grow maize and give the maize fertiliser, spread herbicides, that concentration of herbicides must be present in the seeds of the maize.

“Whenever you take it, you would have the concentration of this chemical there, so it will have effect in our body.

“That is why we have all the cases of diabetes, cases of hypertension, glaucoma; many things, because the rate of chemicals that farmers are using is very high.’’

He also cautioned farmers against the use chemicals to preserve crops, adding that doing so could also contaminate crops with harmful chemicals.