Approaches

Making compost to improve soil fertility in vegetable home gardens [Lao People's Democratic Republic]

Compost

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1. General information

1.2 Contact details of resource persons and institutions involved in the assessment and documentation of the Approach

Name of project which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
Scaling-up SLM practices by smallholder farmers (IFAD)
Name of the institution(s) which facilitated the documentation/ evaluation of the Approach (if relevant)
National Agriculture and Forestry Research Institute (NAFRI) - Lao People's Democratic Republic

1.3 Conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT

When were the data compiled (in the field)?

16/05/2017

The compiler and key resource person(s) accept the conditions regarding the use of data documented through WOCAT:

Yes

2. Description of the SLM Approach

2.3 Photos of the Approach

2.5 Country/ region/ locations where the Approach has been applied

Country:

Lao People's Democratic Republic

Region/ State/ Province:

Attapue province

Further specification of location:

Phouvong district

6. Impact analysis and concluding statements

6.4 Strengths/ advantages of the Approach

Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the land user’s view
Equipment and materials for compost production are available.
Application of compost on vegetable plots improves the soil's fertility and boost the plant's growth.
Land users had the opportunity to discuss matters directly with technical officers.
Strengths/ advantages/ opportunities in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view
Compost can modify the soil's condition making it more fertile.
If a large quantity is produced, it can be applied over a more extensive area or be sold to generate household income.

6.5 Weaknesses/ disadvantages of the Approach and ways of overcoming them

Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the land user’s view How can they be overcome?
Compost production has so far only results in small quantities as it was still at the trail phase (2017).
It is bring benefits in the long term as it is a slow process for the compost to improve the soil/s quality (unlike the chemical fertilizer which have an immediately effective).
If farmers intend to produce compost for rice paddies, they may need quite a large quantity which requires an intensive input of labour in order to collect sufficient raw material. It would be preferable to build cement tanks or a concrete containers that would enable farmers to stock a large quantity for more long term use.
Weaknesses/ disadvantages/ risks in the compiler’s or other key resource person’s view How can they be overcome?
Local people have not yet fully realized the benefits of using compost because the farmers have never used it before. The compost production process and its benefits shall be disseminated throughout local communities, including knowledge exchange between those communities that have been using compost and those that have not yet started.

7. References and links

7.1 Methods/ sources of information

  • field visits, field surveys

1

  • interviews with land users

1

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