STAFF REPORT ISB: A Program to provide training to Pakistani banana farmers to equip themselves with various techniques to turn crop waste into compost is planned by the United States of Department of Agriculture (USDA). The US department has partnered with International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).
Director Sindh Agricultural Extension Department, Dr Shoukat Abro told that USDA initiated the projects of improving soil fertility and soil health through agricultural extension. These projects are of three year span.
He further said that USDA team had visited various areas of Sindh to observe the program`s progress. Dr Shoukat further added that most of the banana farmers in Pakistan burn the waste produced by crop and to account this issue ICARDA has directed ten other Pakistani institutions involved in this project to train farmers to properly turn the leaves and stems left over from banana harvest into compost. The compost can then be used to enrich their soil as there are currently 43 sites throughout country for farmers to learn about the process of mixing organic matter like the banana harvest waste with manure in order to create compost.