Improved Fertility Key to Sustainable Grain Output

Farmers at the Chongsan Cooperative Farm in Kangso District, Nampho, talk about ways to improve threshing.

“Our workteam has produced more grain than others in the farm this year after last year. In the period we have come to realize that improving soil fertility is the key to increased grain output and sustainable development of agriculture,” said Kim Kwang Hyok, leader of workteam No. 11 of the Chongsan Cooperative Farm in Nampho.

According to him, most of the workteam’s paddy fields lie along the course of the river and so they are low in soil depth and of sandy loam in soil composition.

Therefore, it is the most important thing for the workteam to enhance the soil fertility.

The workteam directs a great deal of energies to turning all fields into fertile ones every year.

In particular, it has established a food production cycle combining cereal and livestock farming to produce much liquid manure, hukposan fertilizer, “Sinyang 2” fermented compost and other organic fertilizers.

Its livestock farming sub-workteam raises a large stock of pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, goats and cows a year to collect as much fowl manure and other excrement as possible every year.

The workteam also secures slag fertilizers from a nearby iron works.

It applies organic fertilizers according to the information about the analysis of soil composition of each field.

This year the workteam applied the system of rice intensification (SRI) to a large area of paddies and focused on supplementing the nutrition of rice in the latter half of its growth in the application of fertilizers.

It resulted in a fine crop yield in the workteam despite the unfavourable weather conditions of high rainfall and low sunshine.

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