Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Manures - Jeevamrutha

In our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, we are going to see Jeevamrutha popularised by Subhash Palekar.  The data provided below is for ONE acre only.

Required Ingredients

S.No.Ingredient NameQty in Litres/Kgs
1 Water 200 Litres
2 Fresh Cow Dung 10 Kgs
3 Cow's Urine 5-10 Litres
4 Jaggery 2 Kgs
5 Flour of any Pulse 2 Kgs
6 Soil from same land 1 Handful

  • If Jaggery is not available, use Palm Jaggery.
  • If Jaggery or Palm Jaggery is not available, add 4 Litres of ripened Tender Coconut.
  • Use Greengram or Blackgram or CowPea flour.
  • Living Soil should be used.
  • 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 manure.

Method of Preparation
  1. Mix all of them and keep them in a shaded place for 48 hours.

Method of Storage
  1. The manure 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. This is applicable during the preparation as well as during the shelf life of the manure as well.

How long can we store the Manure?
  1. The manure can be stored for only 1 week due to unbearable overpowering stench.

How to use the Manure?
  1. The manure can be mixed with irrigation water.
  2. The manure can also be used with Drip Irrigation.
  3. Also, can spray 10% filtered manure on the crops.

When to use the Manure?
  1. The manure should be mixed thoroughly twice daily (in the morning & evening) for 2 days before usage
  2. The manure should be applied when the land is wet for the plants.
  3. Generally, it is accepted that every 15 days the manure can be applied.
  4. For even better results, the manure can also be used thrice in a month.


  1. Hi Padmanabhan,
    Thanks for all the valuable info.
    We grow arecanut and i'm thinking of going organic.
    Could please provide an alternative to cow dung and cow urine as it is a bit hard to arrange.
    even if cow dung can be arrange, i doubt cow urine would be an up hill task in our area.

    So could you please provide an alternative to cow dung and urine as well. And even with the alternative how effective would it be when compared to the actual preparation of Jeeva Amrutha.

    and i have doubt in the "Method of Storage" section. Cant the drum be covered with a plastic sheet or something to avoid maggots in the solution.
    Does covering entirely affect the solution as well. and also if there were to be maggots formation in the solution is it dangerous to use it on the crop.

    And atlast as Areca is yearly crop can the jeevamrutha be used on twice a year and will it result in better yield.

    Thanks in Advance!!

    1. Please understand Organic means not using Chemical based growth promoters, pesticides, insecticides, weedicides etc. That's it.

      If you are unable to get lots of Cow Dung & Urine, go for Compost or Vermi Compost. This also acts as growth promoter.

      Best solution is to have at least one indigenous cow so that going Organic by this method will be easy.

      Covering the drum with plastic or drum can be done along with a few holes and this hole should not be big enough to allow houseflies to enter. Maggots formation will spoil the growth promoter as well as invite unnecessary pests.

      Usually, any manure is applied every 15 days or so. If not, follow the manuring practice for that crop.

  2. Dear sir

    Can You Please expain the what are the side effects of application of this jeevamrutha