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Sunday, March 11, 2012


A movie "Dirty Dancing" was shown in theatres a few years ago. Being not interested in such a movie I did not watch it. Thus has no idea what it was all about.

Was it something like the Egyptian dance of 1400 B.C.?

Having been exposed to various modes of multi-storeyed farming as in dusun where there is admixture of fruit trees al beit haphazard, planting cocoa under coconuts or fruit trees to sago or oil palm cropping in belukar conditions, I become a strong proponent of nature farming.

The concept is growing of niche crops to fit the natural environment with minimal changes as possible rather than change the environment to fit the crops. The latter is much practised for commercial growing of crops.

A viable approach of nature farming was scientifically developed by Masanobu Fukuoka in Japan in the seventies. His book (1985) "The Natural Way of Farming" gives a detail guide of the theories and practices involved.

This practice is one way to reduce overloading the globe with chemicals. Masanobu has been campaigning to spread out the green philosophy.

Organic farming is a form of nature farming.

Good arable is getting scarce and ways must be developed to grow crops for food and other needs.

Having failed to do nature farming in a partially wooded 8ac lot due to buffalo and human disturbances SAVE turn to a desert-like sandy lot to grow limau kasturi, limau nipis and jatropha. These crops are hardy to take the used tin-mining area. The trick with jatropha growing is to intercrop with fast income generating crops.

Old wood chips and other wastes are placed as ground mulch at the base of  limau kasturi to give cooling effect and provide organic fertilizer when decomposed.

Additional processed organic fertlizer is applied and the rest we leave it nature. Buffaloes roam to graze and donate dung at night in the area They do not eat the plants but belalang kunyit seems to be a problem eating the leaves to barren twigs.

Well it is too early to tell whether we could supply Tesco or the many mamak restaurants around.

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