Putting every bit of plant or animal matter back to the soil is key to soil\'s health. Sounds simple. But building soils organically requires a lot of hard work, commitment, dedication and respect for nature. This is what the author experienced in his journey towards building a healthy and fertile soil on his farm.
Building healthy soils organically
by K Raghavendra Rao, Leisa India, 01 June, 2008
Directly or indirectly all food comes from soil. If it is not aliving system, it can\'t continuously produce. Just as anyother living thing, soil possesses physical, chemical andbiological properties. It is also believed that it has physiologicalsystems like digestion, respiration, circulation and excretion. Soilbeing the basis for all human life, our only hope for a healthy worldrests on re-establishing the harmony in the soil.
Living soil
by Madhu Ramakrishnan, Leisa India, 01 June, 2008
Microbes are an integral component of a living soil. It is widely being recognized that the presence and abundance of microbial wealth make soils healthy in terms of growth enhancementand protection against pests and diseases. Scientific research also shows that organic farming practices essentially based on natural resource management significantly increase the microbial density and diversity in soils.
Microbial wealth regulates crop quality and soil health
by D P Singh and H B Singh, Leisa India, 01 June, 2008
About 25 years ago, I came to know about Effective Microorganisms and their use in agriculture, animal health and sanitation through a Japanese friend who visited my farm and also arranged to get literature about Effective Microorganisms. Prof. Teruo Higa, an agronomist, modified an age-old Japanese technology which he learnt from his grandmother. Traditionally, Japanesefarmers used to make `Bokashi\', a concentrated form of compost, apply it to the soil along with other organic manures. The purpose was to inoculate beneficial organisms to improve the quality of organic manure and to check fungus and virus problems in the soil.
Effective micro-organisms for ecological agriculture during transition
by L Narayana Reddy, Leisa India, 01 June, 2008
Night-soil (human waste) has been considered a valuable agricultural resource since ancient times. When handled safely, its use can contribute to reducing soil degradation and water scarcity in the areas like the Lahaul valley. Despite such known benefits, its use is now decreasing with modernisation. Recognising this, the G.B. Pant Institute in India has been taking steps to promote the use of night-soil as one of the organic farming practices promoted in the region.
Traditional night-soil composting continues to bring benefits
by Santaram S Oinam, Leisa India, 01 June, 2008