Promoting bio-resource centers as a model to improve soil health and fertility


India has seen rapid growth in the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides over the last decade as the country’s population increased. The states of Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, although traditionally lagging behind the use of chemical and mechanized agriculture, have not been an exception to this trend, especially in areas with good road connectivity. The overuse of chemical fertilizers is generating negative consequences for both soil quality and human health.

In recent years, there have been a number of Indian farmers adopting regenerative agricultural practices as a way to counter the negative effect of decades of agricultural chemical input. The goal of regenerative agriculture is to restore soil health and fertility by introducing a set of integrated farming practices. Some of these practices are the combined use of bio-inputs (bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides) and organic compost produced with locally available natural resources.

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