In the current crisis, farmers are more and more struggling to get access to fertilizers and other agricultural inputs. The economic crisis and dire inflation had made the price of such products skyrocket in the last months - as 95% of agricultural inputs are still imported; in USD. Prices have been multiplied by at least 10 for farmers to purchase inputs, while the prices for selling their products cannot follow the same inflation on the local vegetables market.
On another aspect, most of the farmers used to spread heavy doses of chemical fertilizers on their land. This intensive chemical agriculture is the opposite of sustainability, as it destroys the whole organic life and soil, making it poorer and poorer, and polluting the soil; atmosphere and underground water. Thus, the dosages of fertilizers have to increase every year to compensate for the soil’s impoverishment; diving into a very vicious cycle. Whereas using natural compost is regenerating the soil, while ensuring the same levels of productivity. If adopted by the farmers and used long-term, it can turn back into a virtuous circle in which farmer’s lands have an increasing productivity proportionate to their good care and soil enrichment.
At the farm, we use our own compost, made with domestic wastes: all the carbonated material from the garden added with animal manure, following the “thermal compost” procedure.