Goodbye, Trash, Hello Gold!

India is a developing economy and has been gifted a boon and also a bane. Talking about the blessing, we have got a favourable climate and lush green lands for agriculture. Talking about the bane, we have gained a large population leading to a lot of waste. Boon and bane are two sides of the coin. But there is a coin with just one side which is leveraging the boon and the bane together.

Kaavyanam, an environmental services organization, is achieving sustainability through organic agriculture and waste management.

How does Kaavyanam do it?

Organic farming needs vermicompost. Production of vermicompost is a long term procedure. By use of waste, Kaavyanam is producing vermicompost. The waste is collected from villages, and the vermicompost created by it is sold to the farmers. The startup has produced 188 tonnes of vermicompost this year. The fertilizers which farmers use are expensive. The usage of vermicompost reduced the cost of fertilizers by 55%. This price made it pocket-friendly for the farmers. The amount of one kilogram of vermicompost is just Rs.7.

What is vermicomposting?

It is composting with the help of earthworms. Organic matter like vegetables, etc. are broken down by worms by eating decomposing materials. Also, worms excrete worm castings which contains essential nutrients for plants. It makes vermicompost a very high-quality organic fertilizer.

Why is vermicompost better than chemical fertilizer?

Well, there are many reasons, but let us look at the prime ones:

1) As far as macronutrients contents are concerned, vermicompost contains all i.e. Nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium in considerable quantities. Chemical fertilizers contain just one or maximum of two nutrients.

2) The vermicompost maintains the pH balancing of the soil. On the contrary chemical, fertilizer disturbs the pH balance of the earth.

3) The vermicompost increases the moisture retention capacity of the soil. Use of fertilizers reduces moisture retention capacity.

4) The most crucial use of vermicompost is it improves the soil texture. Well, you can imagine what fertilizer does to it.

Source: BioEnergy Consult

How did it all start?

It all started from six houses, four juice shops and a pair of committed folks. They started collecting waste from these places after their office hours. Approximately they used to collect 40kg of garbage on an average. Later, they composted somewhat around 90kg to 150kg waste and used it for their garden. They took help from various institutions and acquired knowledge about the process.

At their operational headquarters in Dungarpur, they produced approximately 48 tonnes of vermicompost, and the process began. Kaavyanam created vermicompost for the farmers and also guided them. Today the startup is helping around 70 farmers in the village.

Future plans: The firm believes in sustainable living and is on the process to reduce waste. The belief of growing organic and eating organic is encouraged by the startup.

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