NBIFA Farmers Initiative: Liquid Smoke Fertilizer Production


In the Philippines, where farming faces big challenges like changing weather and low crop yields, a group of farmers in Bulatukan is making big changes. The New Bulatukan Integrated Farmers Association, made up of 27 farmers, is doing something new to help their farms: using liquid smoke fertilizer.

These farmers saw that they weren’t getting enough help from the usual farming methods. Plus, climate change was making things even tougher. So, they decided to try something different. They came up with the idea of using liquid smoke fertilizer, which they could make from stuff they found locally.

Here’s how it works: they gather things like leaves from Madre De Cacao trees, carbonized rice hull, banana trunks, malunggay, lemongrass, and coconut husks. Then, they especially burn these materials to make a smoky liquid. They call this process pyrolysis. It sounds complicated, but it’s pretty simple once you get the hang of it. At first, they had some trouble getting consistent results. Sometimes they’d make a little, other times a lot. But they didn’t give up. They kept trying and learning from their mistakes. And before long, they were making a whole bunch of liquid smoke fertilizer.

This fertilizer isn’t just good for their farms—it could change farming all over the Philippines. By using local materials and making their fertilizer, these farmers are showing others a new way to farm. It’s better for the environment, and it could help farmers grow more crops, even when times get tough.

The New Bulatukan Integrated Farmers Association has big plans for the future. They want to see liquid smoke fertilizer used everywhere in the Philippines, helping farmers grow more food and build stronger communities. And if they keep up the hard work, there’s no telling how far their ideas could go.

In a world where farming is getting harder every day, the story of these farmers gives us hope. They’re proving that with a little creativity and a lot of determination, we can find new solutions to old problems. And that’s something worth celebrating.

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