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Uses and Preparation of Organic Manure

The following are the key uses of organic manure:

  • Organic manure helps to improve the soil, tilth and aeration.
  • Increases the water holding capacity of the soil.
  • Stimulate activity of micro organisms that makes plant food elements in the soil readily to crops
  • Improves on the soil structure so that it holds more nutrients become more fertile.
  • Animal manure encourages soil microbial activity which promotes the soil’s trace mineral supply improving plant nutrition.
  • Organic manure contains some nitrogen and other nutrients that assist the growth of plants.
  • Carbon dioxide released during decomposition of organic manure acts as fertilizer in the soil.
  • They provide organic acids that help to dissolve soil nutrients and make them available for the plants.

Steps to prepare Compost Manure

  • Make slurry of the cattle dung with water.
  • Prepare 6 layers of organic wastes plant residues, sweepings from the cattle shed, waste fodder, dried plants stalks and leaves.
  • Cover the layer with urine earth and cattle dung slurry.
  • Add 5 to 10 kg of super phosphate for every 10 tons of organic wastes.
  • Repeat the process of putting such layers till the pit is full.
  • Close the pit with urine earth, waste fodder and then heap the soil till it gets convex shape (about 1 to 1.5 above the ground) so that the rainwater rolls away.
  • After six months compost is ready to apply to the fields.

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