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The biggest issue facing the use of chemical fertilizers is groundwater contamination. Nitrogen fertilizers break down into nitrates and travel easily through the soil. Because it is water-soluble and can remain in groundwater for decades, the addition of more nitrogen over the years has an accumulative effect.
With its increased use and projections of future use, this problem may increase several fold in the coming decades. Groundwater contamination has been linked to gastric cancer, goiter, birth malformations, and hypertension; testicular cancer and stomach cancer.
Excessive air- and water-borne nitrogen from fertilizers may cause respiratory ailments, cardiac disease, and several cancers, as well as can "inhibit crop growth, increase allergenic pollen production, and potentially affect the dynamics of several vector-borne diseases, including West Nile virus, malaria, and cholera."
Hence, knowing and understanding the effects of chemical fertilizers doesn't do us much good without action on our part. Therefore, taking timely actions is what counts most such as supporting organic and sustainable agriculture and reclaim our soils to balanced macro and micronutrient content levels and microbial health.
In effect, organic farming is an approach to agriculture that emphasises environmental protection, animal welfare, food quality, health and sustainable resource use. As such, it is neither a return to indigenous agricultural farming practices, nor farming by neglect without inputs, but a developed approach to agriculture, based on science, with the selective use of modern and environmentally friendly technologies such as the use of organic liquid fertilizers.
In general, the demand for fertilizers is increasing around the globe and in Africa in particular and some part of Asia and Latin America, whose economy are highly dependent on agriculture, which at the same time have greater need for the use of fertilizers to enhance productivity and to ensure food security. In Ethiopia, according to the Ethiopian Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Trade report, the total purchase of inorganic fertilizers such as UREA and DAP is increasing and exceeds 4,927,803MT, for the period covering from 2002 to 2012 G.C. This figure does not consider the amount imported by private companies and commercial farms. In addition to this more than eight kinds of different fertilizers are being imported and used locally, despite the draw backs encountered with ever increasing and repeated use of inorganic fertilizers and agro chemicals.
This phenomenon necessitated a growing demand for use and production of organic fertilizers in Africa and Ethiopia in particular as compared to the rest of the continents. This is reasoned with Africa’s greater dependence on the agrarian based economy and less urbanization. In Ethiopia also, apart from the foregoing, there is high demand for the use of organic fertilizers in Ethiopia due to land fragmentation and limited option available for crop rotations.
Bearing this in mind, an intellectual young Ethiopian guy invented Organic Liquid Fertilizer with the trade name “Eco Green” in Ethiopia after spending 14 years in research and development, including the laboratory work and field trials to come up with the product, since its inception in 2004 G.C. A company with a trade license called “Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC” has been established at Tulefa KA, Hagaeremariam woreda, 60 km away from Addis Ababa on the way to D/Birhan and it is fully operational.
Eco-Green is made up of plant and animal sources and is 100% organic and free from any toxic elements and contains 16 macro & micro soil nutrients, including Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Sulphur, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Sodium, Boron, Chlorine, Nechael, Copper, Zink, Moldenium, Carbon and others. Eco Green being rich in macro and micronutrients and beneficial microorganisms, significantly contributes to soil fertility build up and conversely affects pest and disease gradation, thereby reducing cost of production. In addition to this it improves quality of agricultural produce by reducing residue levels below standard limits. Obviously organic products fetch for the farmer comparatively higher price on the market.

In view of the foregoing, the company obtained certificate from the Ethiopian Drug Quality Control and Toxicological Laboratory Department under the Ministry of Health, Intellectual Property Right from the Ministry of Sciences and Technology by considering standard measurements by the respective and aforementioned government institutions and finally the product has been certified and registered by MOA for use in Ethiopia. Moreover, positive feed backs obtained from small and large scale crop growers suggest that Eco Green is more effective for horticultural, flower, coffee, tea, spice, pulses, oil crops, and herbs, industrial crops comprising sugarcane, sesame and cotton, pulse and cereal crops. It can also be used for indoor and outdoor ornamental plants and garden grass.

In addition to this it has great significance in increasing fertility and organic content of the soil and reclaiming the soil back to its original status. In line of this the company received formal feed backs and testimonies indicating the efficacy of Eco Green on the above crops. For instance, one of the vegetable and fruit producing P.L.C’s working in Ethiopia stated that they have obtained a very good result in using Organic Liquid Fertilizer (Eco Green) since 2015 G.C. and that they are replacing in organic fertilizer with Eco Green.  Similar feedback obtained from coffee producer and Exporter Company indicates that Eco Green is effective on coffee in terms of yield and maintaining quality and taste of product. Likewise one of the flower (rose) growing companies reported that Eco Green performs best for shoot growth initiation leading to have the required stem thickness,  length and makes the foliage shiny, tolerant to diseases and presentable compared to the normal regime followed in rose growing. Furthermore the company appreciated its competitive price and cost saving partly because of import substitution. More similar feed backs were obtained witnessing its effectiveness on wheat from farm service centres around Arsi area.   The feedback from one of commercial vegetable farms reads as “Eco Green is good to produce good quality vegetables and increases yield significantly. In summary, Eco Green is cost   effective, result oriented and environmentally safe product.

 

Vision 

Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC envisions being the preferred competitive supplier for organic fertilizer to rural and urban agro commodity growers and small land holder farmers in Ethiopia.

Mission

Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC will engage in the production, distribution and promotion of organic fertilizer to meet the needs of different group of customers in Ethiopia.

Core Corporate Principles and Values

In achieving its vision and fulfilling its mission, Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC stands on strong values and principles in all its dealings, program and implementation.

Core Corporate Principles

  • Customers; produce and supply organic fertilizer rural and urban agro commodity growers and small land holder farmers that meet their requirement at a competitive price and service.
  • Owners (shareholders); generate acceptable return on investment.
  • Employees; Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC aspires to be the most admired employer where their need for career development is met.
  • Suppliers and venders; Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC engages with suppliers and venders on a win-win approach.
  • Society; Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC conduct its business in a responsible manner, respecting and contributing to societal norms, culture and values
  • Environment; Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PLC conducts its operation with an assurance process ensuring the environment is not affected by its activities.

Corporate values

  • Innovation: We strive for creativity in every activity
  • Integrity and Honesty: We work to the best of the stakeholders in all business dealings
  • Responsibility and Accountability: we are accountable for every performance
  • Equality: We serve all stakeholders equally.
  • Operational excellence: We do our be.st level to optimum expenditure for every course of action
  • Team work: we work with team spirit.
  • Stewardship   We work hard to abide ourselves to the interest of the organization.

Strategic Goals

In the coming ten years (the planning period), the overreaching goals for the Organic Liquid Fertilizer Producing PL Care:

  • To attain sound financial performance and excellent in productivity;
  • To boost production;
  • To enhance human capacity of the organization;
  • To increase market share and sales volume;
  • To project positive corporate image and develop and maintain strong brand;
  • To enhance creativity and innovation and ecological balance.
  • To create more employment opportunity to the society

Activities of the company

  • Production and distribution of organic liquid fertilizer,   
  • Design marketing strategies for the sale of organic liquid fertilizer,     
  • Develop various recommendation rates of organic liquid fertilizer for different farms,    
  • Delivering trainings and technical advices to various farm customers in using of the organic liquid fertilizer,    
  • Capacity build up of staff members  through various technical trainings,     
  • Research and demonstration for various high value crops in using of organic liquid fertilizer at Sheno site(Northern part of Ethiopia) of the company

National Strategy and Action Plan For The Implementation of the Great Green Wall Initiative in Ethiopia

“Live Green, Love Green, Think Green”!!!