Planning the Change

Year 1: Reduce chemical fertilizers by 50%.
Year 2: Reduce chemical fertilizers by 10% (70%).
Year 3: Reduce chemical fertilizers by 10% (80%).
Year 4: Reduce chemical fertilizers by 10% (90%).
Year 5: Reduce chemical fertilizers by 10% (100%).

In the beginning the ratio will be in favour of Bio-Fert as the main need is to start the process of restoring the soil’s fertility.
The ratio of Bio-Fert to Pro-Fert will change as more farmers spray Pro-Fert, and as the fertility improves.

The Containers in Year 1

The Purpose

10%: To make compost. (Bio-Fert)
20%: To prepare the soil. (Bio-Fert)
60%: For bio-chemical farming (10% – 20% Pro-Fert. The rest Bio-Fert.)
10%: For 100% organic farming (Bio-Fert and Pro-Fert).

The Ratio

20%: Pro-Fert
80%: Bio-Fert

Encouraging the Farmers to Change

  • Chemical farmers can be encouraged to change over to bio-chemical farming by being given the bio-fertilizers on credit.
  • The rate of change depends on how strong the message is about the benefits of bio-chemical farming.
  • Interviews with agricultural officials in Gombe could be televised as those tests showed the benefits clearly.
  • Interviews with the Governor and Commissioner of Agriculture about the upcoming agricultural projects.

Some Public Sector Benefits

  • The bio-fertilizers will enable the state to replace chemical farming with 100% organic farming – starting with bio-chemical farming.
  • This will improve public food safety and health.
  • The Credit Fund will free up money for infrastructure projects because fertilizer subsidies can be used for the projects instead.
  • The bio-fertilizers can be used to restore degraded forest and agricultural land and provide land and income for the poor.
  • Agricultural projects will provide jobs, e.g. on palm tree plantations, on jatropha plantations, in food and bio-fuel processing factories, sales and marketing teams, etc.
  • Exports will increase as crop productivity increases and quality improves.
  • Exports of 100% organic produce will start / increase.
  • When there are crop surpluses, the surplus can be used to make new agricultural products, which could be exported instead of thrown away.