Sustainable agricultural practices are intended to protect the environment, expand the earth’s natural resource base, and maintain and improve soil fertility.
Shafi Gluco Chem aims to find the perfect balance between Environmental Health, Economic Profitability and Social and Economic Equity by incorporating sustainable land management techniques and stringent measures to manage resources in a manner that promotes long-term sustainability of our ecosystem.
Sustainable agriculture means good stewardship of the natural systems that farms rely on. Among other things, Shafi Gluco Chem farmers are involved in the following practices:
• Reducing tillage:
Our farmers reduce till methods by directly inserting seeds into undisturbed soil which further reduces soil erosion and improves soil health.
• Crop Residue:
Our farmers, when cultivating rice, leave offshoots behind which are then mixed with the soil. This further helps in increasing organic matter in soil and making it more nutritive.
• Integrated Pest Management:
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.
• Mechanical Controls
Continuous Weeding and Cleaning of fields and water channels to reduce infestation by plants and insects.
• Biological Controls
Introducing crop friendly insects to control pests such as insects, mites, weeds and plant diseases using other organisms. (e.g. Trichogramma)
• Chemical Controls
Use of pheromone traps to capture insects. Using local botanical solutions such as Neem water (Azadirachta indica).
• Organic Fertilizers:
Organic fertilizers are routinely added to soil to help maintain pH levels and adequate levels of essential nutrients. Organic fertilizers are produced using agricultural residues, fish and animal by-products and animal manure.
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