Through our sustainable and livestock-free farming methods, we’ve gained valuable insights into utilizing various crops for green manure, as well as the use of legumes in multi-year crop rotation.Read article
Today, we are exploring organic chickpea farming. This is a crop that, while not frequently seen in Serbian fields, enjoys immense popularity in the East, thanks to its taste and remarkable nutritional value.
From field trials to large-scale production
The journey of organic chickpea cultivation on our farm began on a smaller area to validate its success. These initial trials paved the way for larger-scale cultivation and we are satisfied with the results. In this particular field, the yield of organic chickpeas ranges between 1,600 and 1,700 kilograms per hectare.
Cultivating Quality through Sustainable Practices
To ensure the success of our chickpea crop, we employ sustainable cultivation practices. The process starts with two weed controls before the chickpeas emerge from the soil. After emergence, two inter-row cultivations are carried out, followed by cutting the weeds that grew above the chickpeas. These practices ensure that the chickpeas can thrive.
Crop Rotation to Enrich Soil and Reduce Weeds
However, organic chickpeas are just one part of a bigger picture. At the heart of our innovative approach is the practice of multi-year crop rotation, a strategy designed to enrich the soil, reduce weeds, pests and diseases, and increase overall farm productivity. On this field, after the chickpeas, peas are sown as a green manure crop because chickpeas do not produce enough nitrogen. This not only replenishes the soil with valuable organic matter, but also restores essential nitrogen levels.
Ensuring Quality Every Step of the Way
Following the harvest, our chickpeas undergo careful evaluation at a control point, where we assess their moisture content, test weight, and protein levels. After this, they are transported to our storage facilities where they await their journey to customers.
Promoting Healthy, Organic Food
One of the most remarkable aspects of chickpeas is their nutritional value. These little legumes pack a powerful punch when it comes to nutrition. One kilogram of chickpeas contains twice as much iron as one kilogram of meat. That’s one of the reasons why we have decided to grow organic chickpeas.