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Compost is a mixture of organic residues (manure, animal carcasses, straw, etc.) that have been piled, mixed and moistened to undergo thermophilic (high heat ) decomposition.
Benefits of compost manure. 1) IMPROVES SOIL HEALTH
Composting produces humus, which increases organic matter in soil, improves water-holding capacity, enhances microbial growth and other measurements of soil health.
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For a product to be called ‘organic’, food must comply with the standards specific to organic agriculture, from production, processing, packaging to transport and distribution. There is no legislation available at present governing the production of organic food in South Africa.
The Department of Agriculture has been trying to set separate regulations for production systems under section 15 of the Agricultural Products Standards Act (Act No 119 of 1990). However this requires changes to the Act and legal processes are slow and challenging.
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The fertility you bring in the soil is important. This can be done at the lowest cost to keep your profit up. You could get HEAPS of wood chips from arborists for a good fungal rich compost and the carbon they contain. Great carbon source
The second HEAP you can expect is i.e chicken manure for compost. The Heap will stink 🤣. So the chicken heap allows for your nitrogen source. Both HEAPS together could give you a great compost. Basically ensure your soil invites the right microbes.
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As populations have grown, farming practices have become more intensified to maximise crop yields and ensure we can feed the ever growing population #foodsecurity. Guys, there's 7,594 BILLION people on earth..(World Bank 2018)
Fertilisers and pesticides are used on crops, and animals may be kept inside in more densely packed sheds to maximise i.e milk yields, or egg production, or SPEED up the time needed for the animal to be ready to be sent to market for meat.
A lot of times in greenhouses, the irrigation will come from the top and plants aren't planted directly in the soil on the ground, but in pots. In tunnels, you plant on the ground soil and your irrigation (drip) will run on the ground.
The main difference is the ventilation and heating. The high tunnels are solar heated by the Sun. They are usually covered in plastic. In a greenhouse you can add additional heat and ventilation via fans and just the raising and lowering of side walls including vents.