Challenges of organic agriculture for the production of composts and vermicompost for the production of medicinal plants – A socioeconomic demand

Authors

  • Maysa Mathias Alves Pereira Universidade Federal de Lavras
  • Ludmila Caproni Morais Universidade Federal de Lavras
  • Adalvan Daniel Martins Universidade Federal de Lavras
  • José Magno Queiroz Luz Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Moacir Pasqual Universidade Federal de Lavras
  • Roberta Camargos Oliveira Universidade Federal de Uberlândia
  • Joyce Dória Universidade Federal de Lavras

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14393/BJ-v36n0a2020-53565

Keywords:

Agroecology, Horticulture, Secondary metabolism, Solid residues, Sustainability

Abstract

Although the demand for organic fertilizers in agriculture is growing, it remains incipient in some production sectors, such as medicinal plant production, which does not possess specific technology for its development. Solid residues are highly contaminant to water sources, soil, populations and biodiversity but can potentially be used to produce organic composts and vermicompost, such production not only enables nutrient recycling but also acts on soil conditioning, increasing soil organic matter and improving its physical, chemical and biological characteristics, as well as strengthening organic production with an emphasis on medicinal plant production. In this context, recommendations for and applications of organic fertilizers available in the market were reviewed; in addition, the imminent socioeconomic demand for organic compost and vermicompost production was contextualized based on residues from coffee and sugarcane production and cattle farming for application to the medicinal plant production chain. It is concluded that although these sectors produce a considerable amount of residues, they are not being reused in formulation of organic composts and vermicompost, and commercial organic fertilizers recommended for medicinal plant production were not found. Thus, the formulation of vermicomposting and composting from the reuse of agricultural residues, are potential social, economic technologies and tools to be valued and disseminated to traditional and family farmers.

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Published

2020-12-30

How to Cite

PEREIRA , M.M.A.., MORAIS, L.C.., MARTINS, A.D.., LUZ, J.M.Q.., PASQUAL, M.., OLIVEIRA, R.C.. and DÓRIA, J.., 2020. Challenges of organic agriculture for the production of composts and vermicompost for the production of medicinal plants – A socioeconomic demand . Bioscience Journal [online], vol. 36, pp. 71–82. [Accessed3 December 2022]. DOI 10.14393/BJ-v36n0a2020-53565. Available from: https://seer.ufu.br/index.php/biosciencejournal/article/view/53565.

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Agronomy