Demonstration on Composting of Crop Residues at Balepura village, Kanakapura Taluk under Farmers FIRST Project
Demonstration on composting of crop residues (Mulberry stalks, leaves and leftover after silkworm feeding and Jackfruit leaves etc.,) and other farm wastes was conducted on 27.12.2018 at Balepura village, Kanakapura Taluk under Farmers FIRST Project. Composting of crop residues using Arka Microbial Consortium-Decomposer was demonstrated in the field of Mr. Ramesh S/o Siddegowda at Balepura village, Hosadurga Hobli, Kanakapura. Dr. B. Balakrishna, Principal Scientist and PI of Farmers FIRST Project highlighted the importance and need of composting of crop residues. Dr. D. Kalaivanan, Scientist from the Division of Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry and Co-PI of the Farmers FIRST Project has explained the process of fast decomposition of crop residues into compost and the benefits of using microbial consortium (Arka Decomposer) in composting crop residues. He further mentioned that all types of crop residues, cattle dung, left over feed material from cattle sheds; house hold food waste, papers, etc can be composted and converted to nutrient rich compost. He has also stressed that non-biodegradable materials like plastics, polybags, tins, aluminium foils, rubber, etc have to be removed from house hold waste before being added to the compost piles. During the demonstration, farmers shared their views and cleared their queries about compost making. Mr Shivakumar, G., Field Assistant of the project attended and co-ordinated the demonstrations programme. About 25 farmers from Balepura village were actively participated and benefitted in this demonstration.