Feeding Agriculture With Poultry Compost

By TamilNadu Agricultural University on 07 Jun 2016 | read

Image title

Haritam Horti Agri-Clinic was established in Vijayawada city by Shri R. Suresh Kumar in2003. The clinic provides technical support to farmers of Krishna, Guntur and West Godavari districts in soil and water testing and agronomical practices besides promoting bio-pesticides at a reasonable cost.

Shri Suresh Kumar has also developed a technology of aerobic fermentation of poultry litter with a selective microbial culture.

The poultry compost produced by Haritam Horti Clinic, when tried on all crops, was found to be giving better results than other compost in use. “Through constant use of poultry compost for two years in paddy, the NPK chemical fertilizers can be stopped from the 3rd season.

The yield is on par with the NPK-used field with a comparatively low pest incidence.The quality of the produce is also good” says a farmer Shri Y.S.S. Mukharjee. “The whole compost process takes 25 to 30 days. Recognizing the use of this technology, NABARD granted funds to establish a microbial lab for production of compost culture under Rural Innovation Fund Scheme, and Commercial Production began in 2012”said Shri Suresh Kumar.

Many agriculturists and poultry farmers using compost culture are now producing their own compost at a cost of about Rs. 1,500 per ton. “A kilogram of compost culture requires a ton of poultry litter.The poultry compost application has also reduced the use of chemical fertilizers by more than 25%,” he observes.

“The microbial culture, when tried in poultry litter, has effectively reduced one of the major problems of bad odor of litter in layer bird sheds,” says Shri Ramesh Babu, a poultry consultant. A number of poultry farmers are using it in their poultry sheds in Krishna and West Godavari districts.

Image title

Driven by a passion to make a difference in his own small way, Agriculture professional Shri R. Suresh Kumar’s favorite pastime of tinkering with test tubes and bio-waste materials in his tiny lab at Haritham Horti & Agri Clinic in Vijayawada city led to a significant breakthrough in keratin extraction in his clinic.

Shri Kumar developed a technology for extraction of keratin protein from human hair and bird feathers, which could save the municipal authorities from problems of disposal of such waste that poses a huge environmental problem. He has now embarked on a mission to popularize this affordable technology. A protein formulation developed for farm sector using these two as a raw material has given striking results in improving plant metabolism and farm yield.

The product has been in use since 2008 on all crops, and cultivators are happily repeating its use on their farms. “The foliar spray of this product on crops showed an increase in leaf size and thickness besides lending the leaf a glossy touch. There are a number of auxiliary buds resulting in additional side barnacles. Even the size of the flowers is comparatively large.

The presence of cystein amino acid, the main supplier of organic sulphur, has enhanced the quality of the produce,” says Shri V. Venkata Rao, former SBI Chief manager, Sathenapalli branch in Guntur district, who is into organic farming now. Shri Suresh Kumar’s find has been successfully tried on cotton, chilies and paddy crops.

Shri R. Suresh Kumar

6th Floor-2, Maruti tower, Pikkle Road,Vijayawada-AP - 520010

Mobile No. 9848257135 email: rsureshkumar@gmail.com