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Farmers in Odisha replenish soil fertility – the natural way

“With ten people in the family to feed, use of chemical fertilizers was the only option for me to produce more in less time,”said B. Reddy, a 55-year-old farmer from Odisha. Reddy, like many farmers of his village, started using chemical fertilizers about a year ago to increase food productivity. For the initial period, this method seemed to have brought good returns. However, as time passed, he, like most other farmers realized that with repeated use of chemical fertilizers, the quality of soil was not the same as it was a few seasons ago. Using chemical fertilizers had not only reduced their agricultural yields, but also damaged the quality of soil.