“Rice grown with natural fertilizers is easier to produce and more profitable than rice grown with chemical fertilizers,” Khem Chenda, director of the administrative affairs at the Ministry of Agriculture, was quoted as saying.
Farmers using chemical fertilizers pay about 35
But they face numerous health problems from prolonged exposure to chemicals, ranging from skin irritations to lung cancer, he added.
However, organic fertilizers will increase the quality and quantity of paddy yields and for a cheaper price, said Chan Vannak, general manager of the Bayon Heritage Holding Group.
Organics cost 27 U.S. dollars per 50kg bag and crops sell for 300 U.S. dollars per ton, Chan Vannak said.
The Bayon Heritage Holding Group imports organics from