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Adaptations of cultivation-needs to the climate Adaptations of cultivation-needs to the climate
With an ideal adaptation of the cultivation facilities and cultivation methods to the prevailing climate, the conditions necessary for the growth of the plants can be optimised in order that the plants are less prone to pests and illnesses and that fewer fertilisers are washed-out into the ground water.
The resource water The resource water
Clean water in sufficing quantity is essential for a steady production. With the purposeful gathering of rainwater and the employment of water-saving irrigation systems the water supply can be controlled also in challenging climatic areas, and the leachate of nutrients into the ground water can be minimised.
Environmentally sound cultivation measures Environmentally sound cultivation measures
As an alternative to chemicals for the sterilisation of the cultivation substrate, vapour has proven very valuable both due to its cost-efficiency and higher work-safety. This way the usage of chemicals can be reduced.
Beneficial organisms instead of pesticides Beneficial organisms instead of pesticides
When using agents that have a narrow and very selective range of action instead of highly toxic pesticides, beneficial organisms are preserved. In turn, the presence of beneficial organisms lowers the consumption of pesticides.
Cautious handling of pesticides and fertilisers Cautious handling of pesticides and fertilisers
Accidents, chronic illnesses and damage to people and environment can be avoided by training the pest management staff and providing and maintaining protective clothing. According to the WHO guidelines, pesticides are divided into four groups (red, orange, green and white). The pesticides that belong to the red group are barred from usage in our farm. For the other groups there are output-limits per period.
Use of local knowledge Use of local knowledge
A gentler way of production can be obtained by using, for example, natural shade from specific trees and local, natural pesticides like neem seeds. These methods are particularly successful in extensive plant-cultivation.