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Principles of Vermitechnology in Sustainable Organic Farming with Special Reference to Bangladesh

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Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture

Part of the book series: Sustainable Development and Biodiversity ((SDEB,volume 9))

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Organic farming is an important concept toward sustainable development that involves the use of organic input for the production of crops. Biofertilizers such as vermicompost and vermiwash increase the organic matter content necessary for the maintenance of soil properties, which is beneficial for long-term sustainability and crop productivity. Biofertilizers are enriched with micronutrients and beneficial microbes that enhance the soil quality and aid in slow release of nutrients required for the healthy growth of plants. Various small- and large-scale experiments on field crops such as wheat, sugarcane, paddy along with vegetables such as tomato, okra, and eggplant have been successful in terms of productivity and quality of produce. These technologies have also been adopted successfully by food growers across the globe resulting in substantial markets for organic produce. Organic agriculture is still in its infancy in Bangladesh. Very little cultivated land is being used for organic vegetable production, primarily because of lack of consumer awareness and demand. Though demand in-country in developing country is low, exporting certified safe vegetables can add to the country’s economy. Establishing effective and reliable organic vegetable producers in Bangladesh would enable the country to prepare for the potential growing market demand by establishing technology and infrastructure. Such technologies are way forward to sustainable organic farming that contributes to the development in terms of green economy.

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Ansari, A.A., Jaikishun, S., Islam, M.A., Kuri, S.K., Fiedler, K., Nandwani, D. (2016). Principles of Vermitechnology in Sustainable Organic Farming with Special Reference to Bangladesh. In: Nandwani, D. (eds) Organic Farming for Sustainable Agriculture. Sustainable Development and Biodiversity, vol 9. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-26803-3_10

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