Friday, 19 June 2015

Pesticides - Bramhastra (பிரம்மாஸ்திரா)

As part of our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, we are going to see Bramhastra (பிரம்மாஸ்திரா) which is an organic pest repellent and is popularised by Subhash Palekar.

Required Ingredients

S.No.Ingredient NameQty in Litres/Kgs
1Cow's Urine10 Litres
2Neem Leaves3 Kgs
3Custard Apple2 Kgs
4Papaya Leaves2 Kgs
5Pomegranate Leaves 2 Kgs
6Guava Leaves 2 Kgs
7Lantena Camella Leaves2 Kgs
8White Dhatura Leaves2 Kgs

  • Cow's Urine should be from Local Cows and not from cross-bred or foreign breeds.
  • Lantena Camella Leaves & White Dhatura Leaves can be added, if available.
Method of Preparation
  1. Add the Cow's Urine in a pot.
  2. Crush the Neem Leaves well and add the Neem pulp to the pot as well.
  3. Similarly, crush the other ingredients (No.3 to No.8) one by one and add them to the pot as well.
  4. Boil the content of the pot for 5 times.
  5. Filter the content of the pot using a cloth.
  6. Allow the pesticide to ferment for 24 hours.
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 as a foliar spray.
  • Dilute 2 Litres of the pesticide with 100 Litres of water before applying.
When to use the Pesticide?
  1. Generally, the ideal time for spraying 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 sucking pests, pod borer and fruit borer.

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