Long term benefits of biological farming

Landbou.com published an article on vegetable giant ZZ2, who made the decision of changing there conventional farming practices to farming with nature 16 years ago. Key results has been:

  • Increase in soil carbon
  • Decrease in water and nitrogen (85%) application
  • Increased yields

Read article here (Afrikaans)

Investing in the biological health of soils is increasingly recognized as a necessity for the survival of farming. Mining soil through conventional practices keeps on increasing input costs and returning less yield and quality. Barriers faced by producers to change farming practices includes:

  • Lack of awareness on benefits and long term sustainability
  • Lack of knowledge on complex soil biology and chemistry interactions
  • Long term return on investment of rehabilitating soil (~6 years) with no external financial support available, as well as, extremely small premium product market in SA