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Sustainable Farming

Sustainable Farming

Sustainable agriculture primarily focuses on incorporation a multitude of farming techniques and crop cultivation methods that aim to sustain each primary resource in the process. The concept of sustainable agriculture uses the concept of organic farming as a core process, while enhancing the techniques through the use of modern machinery, promoting ethical farming practices and using growth methods that are environmentally sound.

Organic farming, which serves as a backbone for sustainable agriculture, is a technique that involves cultivating plants using seeds, soil, pesticides and fertilizer that is free from any synthetic compounds. This ensures that plants grow at their natural pace, and no genetically modified organisms are involved to alter the growth process. An ecological balance is maintained through crop rotation and adding organic waste and manure to the soil to prevent degradation.

Since it is imperative to ensure that the crops remain free from GMO contamination, the raw materials used in organic farming need to be carefully procured. The following list consists of various raw materials and their sources:

  • 1. Seeds
  • Seeds play an integral part in the organic farming process, which makes it important to verify organic properties at source. While conventional seeds are often genetically modified to increase crop yield at the expense of synthetic chemicals, our Certified Organic seeds are largely untouched, which promotes purity over yield and germination.
  • 2. Fertilizer and soil additives
  • Organic fertilizer and soil additives are routinely added to soil to help maintain pH levels and adequate levels of essential nutrients. Organic fertilizers are usually produced using animal manure, agricultural residues, and municipal sludge. These ingredients are processed using a fertilizer granulator to ensure even distribution. Depending on the type of crop being grown, the fertilizer can either consist of a manure, super-phosphate or calcium-magnesium-phosphate base.
  • Organic fertilizers are sourced from companies that sell certified-organic products that are certified and governed by a regulatory body to ensure compliance and quality. This in turn results in a crop yield that is less prone to infestation and diseases, promotes minimal soil crust and complete absorption of nutrients.
  • 3. Farming methods
  • Organic Farming emphasizes on the use of natural, non-invasive methods of growing and cultivating crops. Instead of resorting to genetically modified seeds or synthetic fertilizers, farmers rely on upgraded machinery, manure and fish-based fertilizers and proper irrigation channels to maintain and improve crop density.

By ensuring mindful practices, organic farmers will eventually match the crop yield of genetically modified crops, but without the added use of harmful ingredients that detriment nutrition and soil health. Furthermore, engaging in organic farming allows farmers to certify themselves as organic, thereby increasing profitability.

At Shafi Gluco Chem, the rice that we use is procured from our own fields. This ensures a consistent organic supply of rice from the ground-up. Combined with our stringent quality control checks at all levels, our products ultimately help us pave the way towards organic and Clean Label certifications