Different types of fertilizers such as chemical fertilizers, organic fertilizers and natural fertilizers are available in the market. The type of fertilizer greatly governs the quality of your product. Farmers all over the world are using chemical fertilizers; however, many are now shifting to organic fertilizers due to the apparent benefits of the later. Organic fertilizers are carbon-based compounds that increase the productivity and growth quality of plants.
The various benefits of organic farming for small farmers all over the world include high premium, low capital investment, ability to achieve higher premium in the market, and the ability to use traditional knowledge. According to a research conducted by the Office of Evaluation and Studies (OE), International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), small farmers in Latin America, China and India can benefit drastically from organic farming and will help in alleviating poverty in these countries.
Organic tomatoes fetch a higher premium!
Walk into a vegetable store and enquire about the prices of organic tomatoes and non-organic tomatoes.
You will agree that organic tomatoes fetch 10% to 30% higher price than conventional tomatoes do. This is a big incentive for any farmer to switch to organic farming of tomatoes. You will be surprised to know, but tomato is one of the highest pesticide sprayed vegetable in the world. Hence, growing organic tomatoes gives farmers a satisfaction that they are not using harmful chemicals for growing the crop.