KVK develops organic fish manure “Fishlizer” to boost vegetable gardening
Organic fish manure developed by two female entrepreneurs trained by Ernakulam Krishi Vigyan Kendra is ready to hit the market under the brand name “Fishlizer”.
Two housewives Sini Sha from Cherai and Ivy Jose from Munambam have created their own startups named Lachoos Malsyavalam and Ivees Agro Hub by respectively adopting KVK’s technology to produce organic manure from fish market waste.
The initiative is the result of a series of training programs delivered by the KVK aimed at promoting start-ups in commercial-scale manure production. The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, under the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, provides technology support to women to produce the manure and help them market, said KVK director Shinoj Subramanian.
“In order to ensure product quality, the KVK team will regularly visit start-up units for checking,” he said. The women will initially sell the product through the mail and using online delivery options.
Organic fertilizer with nutrients
Manure is one of the best options for crops, especially vegetables, to increase productivity, as it is developed by mixing fish waste with coco peat and converting it into organic manure using of a microbial mixture, Subramanian said.
“In addition to nutrients, this fish food that is processed through aerobic composting contains a number of microbes that are very beneficial to the soil. Since it is developed using the microbial mixture, the manure will not produce a foul smell. The nutrients in the fish could be fully utilized as the coco peat in the product prevents leaching as it absorbs the water in the fish,” said KVK Subject Matter Specialist P Sreeletha.
Fish manure offers good results because marine fish contain increased levels of nitrogen and microbial elements that would improve vegetable growth, Shinoj Subramannian said, adding that treating fish manure would reduce the use of powder. cow dung and compost in the vegetable garden.
The organic fish waste manure was developed in tandem with the central government’s Swachh Bharat campaign. A one kg package costs ₹60.
March 16, 2022