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Vermicompost project being implemented in ten districts

By Correspondent

KAZIRANGA, March 14 - With an aim to popularise organic fertilisers, a social organization namely Kaziranga Organic Grower Society has been a source of inspiration for a large section of the farming community in Kaziranga.

Under Mission �Organic value chain development� project initiated by the Horticulture and Food processing department, Government of India, about 500 farmers had been covered in Kaziranga area where this in-farm prepared vermicompost would be applied to the standing paddy crops covering about 750 bighas of land.

�Initially three crops � red rice, black rice and tumeric have been selected,� said Prahlad Bhaisnab Baruah, secretary of the Society, adding that application of vermicompost at the base of standing crop during the initial period of planting would double the crop yield. He also informed this correspondent that option of exporting the surplus yield is also being explored to enrich the economic conditions of the farmers.

Baruah said that a concrete tank seven feet long, three feet broad and one feet deep is needed to prepare vermicompost. Apart from Golaghat, nine other districts including Dhemaji, Majuli, Kamrup, Cachar, Kamrup (Sonapur) and Karbi Anglong have been covered under this scheme. An amount of Rs 3,250 would be credited into the account of the selected farmers for their need. If the scheme is successfully implemented, then a large section of people would go for vermicompost application thereby checking the health hazards posed by chemical fertiliser application.

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