Wednesday, 10 January 2018

How to produce Termites (White Ants) for feeding Country Chicken?

In our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, we are going to see How to produce Termites (Whites Ants) for feeding Country Chicken?

By producing feed for country chickens, the cost of the feed can be reduced as well as increase the weight of the chicken.
  1. Take a big clay pot.
  2. Fill it up with any organic wastes.  A few of them are given below:-
    1. Any dried straws like Paddy, Wheat etc
    2. Old jute sack or bag
    3. Dried Leaves
    4. Dried Cow Dung
    5. Paper
    6. Cardboard Boxes
    7. Dead Wood
    8. Husks like Coconut husk, Paddy Husk etc
  3. Fill the pot with one layer of anyone of the organic wastes available.
  4. Sprinkle a little bit of water to moist the layer.  The layer should not be wet but only moist.
  5. The layers should not be compacted and should be kept loose.
  6. Add the additional layers and repeat the process until the pot is completely full.
  7. Invert the Pot and keep in a cool shady place.
  8. Termites will be available on the next day itself for feeding the chickens.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Looking for Answers

I am looking for the right place to get answers for the following questions that I have in mind for a long time.

  1. What is the Average Profit / Per Acre / Per Year for the crops? This data will help the farmers to select the appropriate number of crops rather than a single crop.
  2. What is the crown size of the plants? To determine the optimal distance between the rows and between each tree.
  3. What is the root depth and root width of the plants?  This data will help to understand the competition between the roots of the crops for water and nutrients.
  4. What are the shade-loving crops? This data will help the farmers to choose the inter-crop while having large shade in their plantations.
  5. What are the crops that be kept for a long time (how many months/years) after harvest?  This data can help the farmers to choose the crops and sell the produce at the right time.
  6. What are the timbers trees and their growth period?
Is there any pointers available on the net for the above questions?  If anybody has information, please pass them on.

Please note that the above queries are related to India specific crops and hence require information in  regards to crops that are grown in India.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Organic Termite Control Method 1

In our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, we are going to see the ways to control Termites organically.  This method has been recommended by Bhaskar Save.

Please note that control of termites is not necessary in Natural or Organic Farming.  Only in extreme conditions, the termites may be controlled.

Required Ingredients

S.No.Ingredient NameQty in Litres/Grams/Kgs
1Cow Urine1 Litre
2Leaves of Bitter Neem, Calotropis gigantea, Pongamia pinnataAs required

Method of Preparation
  1. Take 1 Litre of Cow Urine.
  2. Crush the leaves of Bitter Neem, Calotropis gigantea, Pongamia pinnata and submerge in cow's urine.
  3. Stir the contents well and ensure the leaves are mixed well and submerged properly.
  4. Allow to ferment for 24 hours.
  • Please note that the stick (neem stick is better or any pole) used for mixing the ingredients should be cleaned before & after the usage so as to avoid maggots formations in the pesticide.
  • The pesticide should be kept in the shade and covered with a wire mesh or plastic mosquito net to prevent houseflies from laying eggs and the formation of maggots (worms) in the solution.

Method of Storage
  1. Not Applicable
How long can we store the Pesticide?
  1. Not Applicable
How to use the Pesticide?
  1. Spray System - The pesticide can be applied on the termite mound.
  • Dilute 1 Litre of the pesticide with 8 Litres of Water before applying.
  • Second spraying within 10 days is recommended.
    When to use the Pesticide?
    1. Generally, the ideal time for applying the paste is during 6 am to 8.30 am and between 4 pm and 6.30 pm.
    Which pests are controlled by the Pesticide?
    1. The pesticide is effective in controlling the termites.