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Jeevamrutham

This is used to improve soil fertility and microbial activities in soil.It is made by mixing cow dung, cow urine (of native cows) along with a few other ingredients and fermenting them.

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Preparation method and benefits.

List of ingredients

  • Cow dung (native cow’s) - 10 kgs
  • Cow Urine (native cows’s) - 7 litres
  • Jaggery – 1 kg
  • Flour (Bengal gram/ Green gram/ Black gram. For better results, make flour out of sprouted gram) - 1 kg
  • Soil free from chemical fertilizer and pesticide – handful
  • Water free of chlorine – 200 litres

Preparation

Take a big plastic barrel and fill it up with cow dung, cow urine, jaggery, flour and soil. Mix them well. Cover the barrel with a sack. Using a piece of log, stir in clockwise direction daily. Since it is under fermentation, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, ammonia and methane are produced. The sack allows these gases to escape. It will be ready to use in 2 days if it is summer, or 3 days in winter. The jeevamrutham thus produced should be used up in 5 days.

Usage

Jeevamrutham is a store house of microbes. This shall not be empties into the roots. Instead, pour this mix into the shade of the plant at 12 pm when the sun is out. Mulchingthe ground where jeevamrutham has been added is compulsory. This retains the moisture in the soil. It also increases microbial activities in the soil. Depending upon the availability of jeevamrutham, 200 litres per acre of land can be used twice or thrice in a month. This can be missed in water used for irrigation also. In sprinkle and drip irrigation system, introduce a tube into the main water pipe and add well strained jeevamrutham through this tube.

Benefits

Jeevamrutham hastens the natural functions of the soil there by increasing the growth rate of plants and their yield. Earthworm, inevitable to the fertility of soil moves up towards the top as a result of this. The elements in the excreta of earth worm, is broken down into molecular form by the microbes in the jeevamrutham, so that, it can be easily absorbed by the roots. These microbes disintegrates wastes in the soil there by making soil more fertile. The upward and downward movement of the worms loosens up the soil. This creates a positive environment for the growth of the plants. It also helps plants to absorb nutrients from the soil.