Soil pest and storage control with ORGANIC FERTINOPESTICIDE

Pest activity has been one of the major problems facing sustainable crop production and food sustainability. Small-scale farmers run into losses as well as potential health issues through improper use of synthetic pesticides for the control of these noxious creatures. These synthetic pesticides may also affect the health of our soil. These issues pose a question to me – what can I do to successfully deal with these pests especially during storage at a low cost, sustain the health of our environment and increase crop production?

During the course of my industrial training in 2016, I discovered that neem tree extract, apart from its medicinal attribute, also has the ability to control pests both in the field and in storage. I used a treatment of neem tree extract on the early stages of a green pepper plot that was being attacked by leaf miner. And my discovery was amazing. Not only that the pest was controlled; the plant growth was enhanced as shown in the attached picture.

Wood ash contains oxides and hydroxides of calcium, magnesium, potassium and, to a lesser extent, sodium making wood ash similar to burned or hydrated lime in its mode of action. Wood ash also contains many of the nutrients originally absorbed from the soil by tree growth, so it may improve crop growth through improved nutrition. By comparison, agricultural lime contains only minimal amounts of plant nutrients. A significant amount of phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and potassium (potash) is added to the soil when wood ash is used as a liming material.

Therefore, as I have started integrating wood ash into neem powder to form a powerful combination in bringing an organic solution to soil pest control and soil acidity. I want to note that the raw materials for these two components are readily available and the cost implication does not pose any challenge in developing the formulation that I call ORGANIC FERTINOPESTICIDE.

This is a sustainable and environmental-friendly innovation. I am looking forward to collaborating with relevant stakeholders, including packaging industries to formulate, produce and package this ORGANIC FERTINOPESTICIDE and then work with extensions agents to introduce it to the end users especially the small scale farmers.

ORGANIC FERTINOPESTICIDE does not have any negative effect on the environment rather it boosts the health of the soil as well as the plant. It can also be used as a storage pesticide as the neem content functions in this regard.

This innovation will have a positive social impact with respect to job creation in production and marketing of the product and when jobs are created, poverty to some extent is being eradicated. It is also a contribution to scientific innovations.

I am very motivated and passionate about ORGANIC FERTINOPESTICIDE because the two components of the formulation are not hard to get. They are readily available within my locale and it will not cost as much as the convention organic pesticide which controls only pests in most cases Making this a reality within a few months will not be a problem when adequate funding is provided. The gain for my community is quite enormous as it will provide solution to soil acidity, soil nutrient deficiency, on-field and off-field(storage) pest control.

Nwachikere Gideon Chukwuma, Nigeria

19 comments

  1. Gideon this is highly commendable. The effect of glyphosate on fish has been my research area in the past two years.It devastating what Glyphosate is doing to fish tissues and human consumers. I have also worked on the trypanocidal effect of neem in rats. This organic pesticide FERTINOPESTICIDE will be a breakthrough product that will provide answer to the damaging effects of the organophospates and organochlorines to life and the environment.

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  2. Pests pose serious problems to our crops thus reducing the quality, and quantity of crops and this in turn affects the farmers adversely in terms of expected returns. Therefore, they need to be checked for maximization of profit and also to ensure food sustainability for the ever growing world population. I believe by supporting this idea by this young agriculturist will help bring food sustainability to a reality.

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  3. Looking at the mance caused by pest in the crop production,it is worth while to profer the right solutions to the control of this mance.
    This article by Gideon, I believe will go a long way in solving this mance

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  4. This is really very nice and since sustainable agriculture is a good way to preserve our crops and environment for the future generation I think an article should be published for people to be aware of this. Thanks

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  5. A very nice report. Since the world is moving towards the reduction of chemicals introduced into the environment. Fertinopesticide is one of the ways to curb the use of chemicals in our environment.

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  6. Well said Mr Gideon…
    Pest has being one of the major problem affecting farmers mostly small scale farmers.
    This your innovation “Organic Fertinopesticide” would be a welcome development to our famers as it is eco-friendly.
    More research should be done on this….
    Thank you

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  7. Pests continue to pose serious threats to our food self-sufficiency. ‘Organic fertinopesticide’ will be a welcome development considering the threats of global warming in our world today. Sir Gideon, nice one. God’s grace.

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  8. Nice write-up indeed ferstinopesticides will go a long way to prevent pest from our crops thereby in increasing farm yield and productivity

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  9. This is one of the most impressive innovations I have seen in my experience as a Professor of entomology and applied toxicology.
    Keep it up! Gideon

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