On his six-hectare farm within the village of Keisen, on Japan’s Kyushu island, Takao Furuno, 61, grows rice and wheat without chemical substances. He rediscovered an historic rice-growing follow involving the use of ducks. Dozens of these birds, raised at the farm, patrol the paddy fields. They feed on bugs and weeds, without touching the crops.
Their wading oxygenates the water and stirs up the soil. Their droppings are a herbal fertiliser. Furuno has reduce manufacturing costs and boosted output via a couple of 3rd when compared along with his neighbours, who use chemical fertilisers. He sells the geese too. Some 10,000 Japanese farmers have purchased
The Power of Duck [sic], the e book he printed in 2000. In 2011 the method was once successfully tried out in Camargue, southern France. The pattern in rice cultivation in Japan, which supplies a livelihood for 1.four million families, is, then again, towards higher farms and more extensive manufacturing.