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  • Kechua Khad - SAF-BIN Good Agricultural Practice

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  • 01/04/2016

Kechua Khad is vermi-compost. It is rich in soil micro-organism and nutrients. It helps to increase the soil fertility, increases the moisture holding capacity of soils and improved the soil structure to achieve better soil aeration. It contains dry leaves, straw, kitchen waste, 15 days old cow dung and water

Preparation

Dry leaves, straw and kitchen waste are mixed properly with 15 days old cow dung and placed under a shed in the form a bed on the ground itself. Add water and mix well creating an cool environment for earthworms to grow. Place earth worms one side and cover the whole with dry rice straw to protect it from excessive heat. The bed should be under observation and if needed, water may be sprinkled once every two or three days to maintian the desired moisture and allow the earthworm to grow. Depending on the size, the whole bed is converted into good quality vermi compost within 3 months which then can be store in a cool and dry place to maintain the moisture in it.

Application

It is advisable to apply 15 - 20 quintals/ha prior to the first ploughing of a crop field.

The documentation of this technology was assisted by farmer Kirnu Singh of Ghota village in Mandla district (Madhya Pradesh, India)

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