KVK launches soil rejuvenation tonic

December 06, 2015 12:00 am | Updated March 24, 2016 02:07 pm IST

The ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ernakulam, attached to Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute here has launched Nutrislurry, a desi cow dung-based fermented tonic for soil rejuvenation in Kochi on Saturday.

The launch was done as part of the World Soil Health Day celebrations, organised at Pallippuram, said a press release here. Nutrislurry, packed in five litre cans, would be supplied through the CMFRI-KVK sales counter soon.

Nutrislurry is an organic tonic that can help regain soil health by developing microflora population and organic matter content of soil. It is a fermented mixture of desi cow dung, neem cake and groundnut cake.

The Soil Health Day celebrations also saw farmers being given soil health cards indicating nutrient status of the soil in their holdings along with optimum fertilizer recommendations. The soil health card distribution was inaugurated by K. V. Thomas, MP and the Nutrislurry was launched by S. Sharma, MLA.

Soil analysis

A. Gopalakrishnan, director, CMFRI released a folder depicting simple step-by-step procedure for farmers to collect soil samples from their fields for analysis. Pallippuram grama panchayath vice-president Remani Ajayan and senior scientist and head of KVK Shinoj Subramannian were present.

Dipti N. V., programme assistant at KVK conducted an awareness programme on soil test-based nutrient management.

World Soil Day was instituted by the Food and Agricultural Organization in 2002 with a view to create awareness on the need to conserve soil for human existence.

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