Manure and Fertilizers

By Ajay Anand


Manure is prepared by decomposition of plant and animal waste.

Advantages of Manure

Manure increases nutrients in soil.

It improves soil texture.

It improves water retaining capacity of soil.

It is free of any toxic material and thus is environment friendly.


Fertilizers are chemicals which contain a specific plant nutrient.

Fertilizers are made in factories and a pack of fertilizer may contain any one nutrient or a mixture of more than one nutrient.

What Does Fertilizer Contain?

Urea, ammonium sulphate, super phosphate, potash and NPK (Nitrogen, Phosphorus and Potassium) are examples of fertilizers.

Advantages of Fertilizers

Fertilizers give faster results compared to manure.

Use of fertilizers helps farmers in significantly improving farm yield.

Disadvantages of Fertilizers

Excessive use of fertilizers can make the soil unfertile.

Harmful chemicals in fertilizers pollute the soil and groundwater.

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