Recently a municipality has distributed free organic matter to compost to more than 200 family farmers and small producers. The benefits of using this rich organic compound are clear.
Previously, the city used several teams, with trucks and servers to collect the branches and store them in a landfill that occupies an area of two hectares. Now, with the production and distribution of chips, the work was done by a single truck with a Lippel wood chipper, and the space in the landfill became free, since the volume of the material was reduced, and the material, distributed to the producers.
"There used to be one more item in our costs, which was the coffee straw and then the 'chicken bed,'" one farmer commented. Now with the use of chips the costs have dropped dramatically. This organic compound protects vegetables in the development phase, and after harvesting, it is incorporated into the soil to prepare new compound beds.
Composting improves soil quality, helps replenish organic matter, replenishes nutrients, reduces average temperature and favors beneficial microorganisms, making plants healthier and resistant to pests and diseases, thereby reducing the need for agrochemicals.
This initiative is an example of how the management of natural resources such as organic waste benefits the municipalities because it reduces the time and space required for the disposal of the material. It also benefits agricultural and agroforestry producers by improving soil quality and reducing production costs.