We Held an Organomineral Fertilizer Workshop
Organomineral fertilizers feature a signicant superiority because they are a source of organic matter and contain the minerals that plants need. Therefore, widespread use of organomineral fertilizers is important for sustainable agriculture.
Although the total amount of agricultural lands in Turkey decreased by 2.4 million hectares between 2011-2015, the amount of fertilizers used increased by 16% and reached 5.9 million tons in 2007. However, the increase in the efficiency achieved through the use of an increased amount of fertilizers caused deterioration in the physical, chemical and biological properties of the soil and led to a decrease in the level of organic matter in particular. The most effective way of preventing this and fighting against the current situation is to use organomineral fertilizers.
Several studies conducted around the world and in Turkey show that organomineral fertilizers improve the properties of the soil and increase the yield of agricultural products. Widespread use of organomineral fertilizers, which feature a significant superiority both because they are a source of organic matter and contain the minerals that plants need, is very important for sustainable agriculture.
Based on that understanding and in line with our goal of utilizing natural resources in an efficient manner, we began to convert animal manure and plant wastes into energy at our Organic Fertilizer Production Facility, which began its operations in 2016 in integration with our energy facilities in Karacabey, and use the by-products of this process as organomineral fertilizers. With the investments we made, we reached a production capacity of 6,000 tons of organomineral fertilizers. We produced 1,213 tons of organomineral fertilizers in 2017.
In 2017, we began studying the use of organomineral fertilizers in agricultural fields and potential areas of application in cooperation with the TEMA Foundation. As the first step, we held a workshop to demonstrate the view of academics on organomineral fertilizers and compile the studies done in this subject area. We shared the papers that were presented during the workshop with the general public by collecting them in a book.
Furthermore, as part of our cooperation with the TEMA Foundation, we will carry out a new project to promote the use of organic and organomineral fertilizers among farmers in order to improve the level of organic matter in the soil in the areas from which Sütaş receives feed materials.
Under the scope of this 3-year project, trials will be conducted to identify the effects of organomineral fertilizers on the properties of the soil and crop yield and trainings and informative meetings will be provided to raise awareness in farmers about sustainable soil management and plant production.
The Organomineral Fertilizers Produced in Our Natural Energy Facilities:
- Restore the physical structure of the soil
- Ensure soil permeability
- Increase water retention ability of the soil.
- Hold the chemical nutrients in the soil to improve the effectiveness of use.
- Balance the pH of the soil.
- Act as a nutrition source for the organisms in the soil.
- An ideal source of nutrients for plants due to the high content of plant nutrients