Organic Farming-Ecofriendly Agriculture
Department of Biotechnology, Joginpally BR Engg College (JNTU), Hyderabad, India
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- Madhusudhan L
Department of Biotechnology
Joginpally BR Engg College (JNTU), Hyderabad, India
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Received Date: August 18, 2016; Accepted Date: August 28, 2016; Published Date: August 31, 2016
Citation: Madhusudhan L (2016) Organic Farming-Ecofriendly Agriculture. J Ecosys Ecograph 6: 209. doi:10.4172/2157-7625.1000209
Copyright: © 2016 Madhusudhan L. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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Agriculture became a high investing and low yielding due to uncontrolled use of synthetic chemicals which are becoming harmful to the ecosystem. To protect our ecosystem organic farming is well practiced without using harmful chemicals, they are replaced by bio-fertilizers, bio-pesticides etc. this also maintains the soil fertility, use of chemical fertilizers kills the useful soil organisms but the organic farming can support the life of soil organisms and gives high yielding.
Organic farming; Ecosystem; Fertilizers; Fertility
Organic farming is a form of agriculture that depends on various
techniques such as vermicomposting, crop rotation, green manure,
Animal Husbandry, Bio fertilizers and biological pest control. Organic
farming is the form of doing crop/plant cultivation by using organic
manures which are ecofriendly manures that supports the life of soil
and other useful organisms in the soil. Organic farming is an adapted
practice in developing countries, where farmers use animals for tilling
the land and manures prepared by dung and other waste material of
animals. Organic farming supports the crop yield and quality of
production . Most of the developed countries use synthetic
chemicals to protect from insects, pests and other plant diseases. The
use of synthetic chemicals may give high yield for some time and
protects the plants but the continuous use of chemical in farming,
useful organisms in soil become inactive and the insects or pests and
other diseases gain resistance to the chemicals and later the chemicals
may not show its effect on the pests, insects and other harmful
organisms to the crops. Organic farming system in some developing
countries like India is not new and is being followed from ancient days.
Bio fertilizers are prepared with beneficial microbes which release
nutrients to soil and support the crop growth and product yield
without any environmental pollution .
The population of world is increasing time to time and there would
be requirement of the food production to feed the world but to meet
the requirement in a sustainable manner. Every country need to
practice organic farming and should avoid the use of synthetic
chemicals, but the ‘Green Revolution’ had brought a vast change in
food production and now it requires organic form of ‘Green
Revolution’ by meeting the food requirement and to protect the soil life
and the Ecosystem . Fertility of the soil is decreasing with use of
synthetic chemical and the harmful organisms are gaining resistances
towards synthetic chemicals and these chemicals are harmful to the
animals and the ecosystem. Many countries import and export
different food products like fruits, crops, seeds etc. from these some of
the food products are banned to import due to high chemical content
which would harm the health by consuming it .
The aim of the organic farming is to produce chemical free food and
to maintain the fertility of the soil for long time . This also provides
employment to the agriculture labors in various forms like nonchemical
weeding, composting and strip farming etc.
Methods of Organic Farming
Organic farming involves various techniques which are ecofriendly
and by practicing it the fertility of soil is conserved for long time .
There various methods in organic farming some of them are Crop
rotation, use of green manures, biological pest control and composting,
these also provide employment to agriculture labors.
Employment to agriculture labors
In present day machinery are replacing man power and making
them unemployed but with organic farming it provides employment
because many techniques are used, from preparation of manure to cop
It is a technique of growing different crops in same area according
to the seasons and it is practiced to avoid agriculture pests, and to
maintain soil fertility .
Green manures are the plant leaves and waste material of plant
which cover the soil and stuffed in to soil and become as nutrient to
the soil and increase the soil fertility .
It is a process of composting using different worms like white
worms, earth worms and red wrigglers for preparation of compost
with mix of kitchen waste and other vegetable waste . This is rich
in nutrients and used as fertilizers in the agriculture fields.
Biological pest control
Living organisms are used to protect plants from peats without
synthetic chemicals .
Advantages of Organic Farming
Organic farming is an important form of doing agriculture which
has many benefits to ecosystem such as:
Organic food is rich in nutrients and it is free from harmful
chemicals, it also increases the nutrients in the soil so the grown crop is
healthier to consume .
Free from chemicals
In organic farming chemicals are not used to control pests and other
harmful plant diseases, which causes cancer and other diseases to the
consumers. But organic farming is free of toxic chemicals .
The organic food is having quality with nutrients and it tastes better
than the food grown by using synthetic chemicals and quality of food
is determined by its taste. Brix analysis is used to measure the quality
of vegetables and fruits .
Long Time Store
Organic food has the capability of longer time storage due to its
metabolic and structural integrity in their cellular structure than the
other crops grown by using synthetic chemicals .
Low input cost
Expenditure on agriculture is low with organic farming because it
need animals to till the land, manures which are easily available and
they can prepare their own, and the bio fertilizers are prepared with
low cost [16-20].
Apart from advantages organic farming is demerits they are:
• Organic farming is a time taking process in getting the result,
which makes the farmers to neglect this kind of farming.
• It requires more labor force and should have regular observation
compared to conventional farming.
• Organic farming is a skill based work and farmers should be
trained time to time according to the seasons and the condition of
the crops [21-29].
• Low productivity is the major problem in organic farming
compared to conventional farming, but in conventional form of
agriculture the fertility of soil is decreasing time to time with
excess use of chemicals.
However it has some disadvantages it is a useful form of doing
agriculture, which benefits the ecosystem and the consumers [30-35].
The soil gains the nutrients and maintains the soil fertility for longer
time and useful for agriculture.
In present world most of the consuming food contains harmful
chemicals which are causing various diseases unknowingly or
neglected knowingly this can be reduced by organic farming [36-47].
The agricultural lands are becoming useless to do agriculture if this
continues the coming generations will face a serious problem of food
production and they unable to produce quality food. It requires proper
practice of organic farming skills with patience.
Most of the farmers are doing conventional form of agriculture to
get the high yield and quick result, but with conventional agriculture
the fertility of the soil is decreasing gradually and if this kind of
practice continues the land become useless for agriculture [48-58]. So,
to avoid such a serious problem practice of organic farming helps the
soil to maintain the fertility and can get good quality of food products
which are also healthier. However it has some minor disadvantages
organic farming is useful and ecofriendly form agriculture .
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