Venkatanagaram, a village about 15 km from Rajamahendravaram, is a shining example of creating organic manure through vermicomposting.
About 4,000 kg of natural fertilizer was produced in the vermicomposing unit in the village, which was inaugurated last year by Collector and Rural MLA Gorantla Butchaiah Chowdary. The sarpanch purchased 1,000 kg of the fertilizer for ₹10,000 from the panchayat. A stock of 3,000 kg is available with the officials.
In East Godavari district, 120 tonnes of organic manure is readily available for farmers from different vermicomposting units in different mandals.
In Rampachodavaram, the Integrated Tribal Development Agency received ₹2.50 lakh through vermicomposting. In other mandals, income of about ₹1.5 lakh was received. The income is directly credited to village panchayats.
Interestingly, elected representatives like ZPTCs, MPTCs, villages sarpanches from other districts in the state are visiting different composting yards in the district and knowing the technical knowhow about vermicompost management.
Target of 800 units
District training centre manager S.V.V. Sastry said that they had established 50 composting yards where cow dung and solid waste were used on a pilot project basis. Ten more units would be established in the district. Their target was to establish 800 units in the district by the end of this year.
As of now Tallarevu, Ramanaiahpeta in Kakinada Rural mandal, Acchimpeta, Vunduru and Medapadu vermicomposting units are doing well.