Local farmers in NegOr learn how to make bokashi fertilizers

By Roi Lomotan

PAO officer Joshua Demerre (center, in green shirt) demonstrates how to make bokashi fertilizers during the Organic Agriculture lecture on Oct. 14, 2015)
PAO officer Joshua Demerre (center, in green shirt) demonstrates how to make bokashi fertilizers during the Organic Agriculture lecture on Oct. 14, 2015.

NEGROS ORIENTAL, Oct. 16 (PIA) – Hundreds of local farmers in the province learned how to make “Bokashi” fertilizers during the organic farming lecture held at the Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAO) compound in Dumaguete City yesterday.

Bokashi is a form of Effective Microorganisms (EM) technology developed in Japan and can be used as organic fertilizer.

According to PAO Officer Joshua Demerre, bokashi helps the soil to be more fertile because of the EM.

Aside from this, it is also sustainable because it is not expensive and can be made within one’s backyard and the ingredients needed to create this fertilizer are easy to find.

Demerre demonstrated how to create a bokashi compost by combining two sacks of copra mill, one sack of rice brand, three sacks of rice hull, 40 liters of water, and 200 grams of molasses.

After mixing all the components, farmers have to wait three to 14 days before they can use the bokashi and mix it with other organic fertilizers like vermicompost.

He explained that this technology will fill the soil with more nutrients which will be absorbed by the plants which then makes vegetables and other farm products more nutritious.

The Provincial Agriculturist Office will incorporate bokashi-making in their following trainings for local farmers in the hinterlands.

By the end of his lecture, Demerre once again recommended to farmers to use organic farming methods.

He underscored that organic farming is taking care of the soil.

“If the soil is poor, then we will have low production. If we have low production, then our economic productivity will also go down,” he pointed out.

The organic farming lecture is part of annual Buglasan Farm-Family Agri-Fair held at PAO compound. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

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