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ISMSIT2017 - International Symposium on Multidisciplinary Studies and Innovative Technologies, Tokat, Turkey, Dec 02, 2017

Can Vermicompost Be An Alternative To Chemical Fertilizer? (ISMSIT2017_57)
Orhan Yılmaz1*, İbrahim Doğuş2, Zeynep Setenay Yılmaz3
1Ardahan University, Ardahan, Turkey
2-, -, Turkey
3-, -, Turkey
* Corresponding author: zileliorhan@gmail.com
Published Date: 2017-12-08   |   Page (s): 246-247   |    181     4

ABSTRACT This study is conducted to argue whether vermicompost can be an alternative to chemical fertilizer or not. The Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida) is the most common earth worm type in the world. The Red Wiggler (Eisenia fetida) consumes some organic materials such as animal manure, vegetables, kitchen waste, agricultural crop residues, or organic by products from industries. Vermicomposting is a kind organic fertilizer of nature. Vermicomposting is based on earthworms and microorganisms to help stabilize active organic materials. It also converts active organic materials to a valuable soil amendment and source of plant nutrients. If vermicompost is added to soil, it enhances the nutrients available to plants. Vermicompost has also been shown to increase plant growth and depress plant disease and insect pest attacks.Vermicomposting products have many applications, including vegetable production, home gardening, fruit gardening, landscaping, vinegrowing, and in agriculture. Business owners complained about some difficulties such aslack of information in public, universities and Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock. They also complained about red tape for Ministry of Food, Agriculture, and Livestock. Red Wiggler and vermicompost are sold in internet without government permission. This kind of illegal sales must be stopped and necessities must be applied by government. Vermicompost must be defined as a new fertilizer type in related regulations.  
KEYWORDS Red Wiggler, Eisenia fetida, earthworm, vermicast, organic fertilizer
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