Zero Residue Farming

The Need for Zero Residue Farming

For a long time now, farmers all over the world have relied heavily on synthetic products for enhancing and protecting agricultural yield. These products, though often quite effective – and once hailed as a gift to mankind – have given rise to a host of grave problems. They cause deterioration of soil quality, affect negatively the equilibrium of agricultural ecosystems, persistently pollute soil and ground water, and are toxic to human beings and other animals.

The resultant impact has been so catastrophic that well-informed consumers, responsive governmental bodies and NGOs, concerned voices from the scientific community and in many cases, the farmers themselves are beginning to see merit in changing over to Zero Residue farming. Simply put, Zero Residue farming involves reliance on biological methods of pest control. Realisation is slowly dawning on the fact that higher standards need to be met by farmers and food suppliers who must come together to ensure that crops are perfectly safe for human consumption and that they are produced through processes that do not harm soil, water or any other living creatures like plants, sentinel animals and micro & macro-organisms. It is this realisation that has prompted the development of the concept of “ Zero Residue Farming ” at Camson.

Zero Residue Farming is Effective

Zero Residue Farming refers to the use of agricultural products that are safe, perfectly eco-friendly, and also extremely effective. Bio-pesticides are products based on naturally occurring microorganisms and plants and their secondary metabolites. They take advantage of and make use of the methods used inherently by different species to protect themselves against pests. Thus, they provide lasting protection to crops and improve their physiology. They are very specific in nature and affect only the target species without harming other organisms.

Similarly, Natural Fertilisers nourish the soil and mobilise micronutrients in it which encourages crop growth and health. These fertilisers are non-toxic and not at all alien to nature which is why they melt into soil, water, air and plants harmoniously, enriching them continually. Zero Residue farming comes across as a modern process with numerous advantages across the board. The consumer gets nutritious and contamination free products devoid of harmful chemical agents. The associated eco-friendly agricultural processes also ensure that the eco-system and the environment remain protected. The farmer gains too, as these biocides are so developed using microbial extracts that pests are unable to develop resistance. The resultant produce also meets the laid down Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) thus making it easier to find markets in developed countries where returns are higher. Yet another advantage is that use of such products leads to Zero collateral damage as biocides are action specific and leave beneficial micro-organisms, flora and fauna untouched.