What is Vermi Compost?
Organic waste gets decomposed by micro-organizms and when consumed by earth worms. This castings by worms is popularly known as vermicompost.
Vermicompost can be prepared easily. The essentials are space, cowdung, organic wastes, and epigeic phytophagous earthworms.
Vermicompost is good organic manure as it improves soil quality.
Sources of organic waste for manure production:
The organic wastes that are available in agricultural areas include cattle dung, sheep dropping, biogas slurry, stubble from harvested crops, husks and corn shells, weeds, kitchen waste etc. All these materials can be used to produce vermicompost.
- Recycling of organic wastes.
- Reduction of environmental pollution.
- Provision of job opportunities for women and jobless people.
- Improvement of soil pH. (vermicompost acts as a buffering agent).
- Improvement of the nitrate and phosphate levels.
- Improvement in the percolation property of clay soils (from the compost's granular nature).
- Improvement of the water holding capacity in sandy soils.
- Release of exchangeable and available forms of nutrients.
- Increase of oxidizable carbon levels, improving the base exchange capacity of the soil.
- Encouragement of plant root system growth.
- Improvement in the size and girth of plant stems.
- Production of energy rich resources.
- Early and profuse plant flowering
- Creation of a substitute protein in poultry and fish feed.
AIOFS provide one Day Training on Vermi Compost making Techniques in which our trainer/expert guides students/farmer to make Vermi Composting good business.