Basco Masias, a Peruvian farmer, planted oranges in the desert. He is benefiting by making fertilizer with ingredients like chicken dung and burnt corn. Deutsche Welle reports that Peru’s Chincha Alta area is extremely dry and rough. Rainfall is almost non-existent. Absolutely not suitable for cultivation. Nevertheless, green plantations have developed there. Orange trees cover about 30 square kilometers.
“We have been farming in the desert for several years,” said Basco Masias, founder of the Grupo Alimenta group. People at first thought we were crazy, because people usually cultivate fertile land. But today we are growing a record amount of oranges in the desert. ’
Chickens are needed to make the desert soil fertile. About 8 million chickens are doing that. At first Basco Masius only wanted to sell chicken eggs. However, he first got into trouble with a huge amount of chicken droppings. Now he is using that excrement to convert it into manure. The rest of the chicken feed is also used in that fertilizer. Despite eating corn, the chickens are quite picky about food.
“It’s the rest of the corn,” said Basco Masias. We used to burn them or throw them away. Now we have learned to make it a glowing plant-based fertilizer component. It is also being used as a basic ingredient in fertilizers. ’
According to the centuries-old tradition, Basco Masius grinds corn husks in a special process. As a result, many nutrients remain intact. The plant can then slowly absorb those nutrients. Fertilizer is made from burnt corn, chicken dung and a few other ingredients. Masias sells some of it, giving the rest to the roots of the orange tree. The whole process is called circular economy.
“Through a circular economy, we can bring efficiency into everything,” Basco said. The fact is, none of this is new, nature works that way. ’