Renowned agricultural scientist, the founding father of the AAHF, Late Dr Y L Nene rediscovered the substances to ‘natural pesticide’, Herbal Kunapajala

Described in an historic ebook Vrikshayurveda by Surpala in Bundelkhand about hundreds of years in the past as a ‘pure pesticide‘ ready from fish & animal waste, Kunapajala is a magical natural fertilizer. It is alleged to enhance soil fertility, scale back pests that resist chemical fertilisers, and erase pesticide residue in only a few years.

Dr. Y L Nene, a famend agricultural scientist and the founder and chairman of the Asian Agri-History Foundation (AAHF), was the driving drive behind it. In 1996, he secured a replica of the Vrikshayurveda manuscript from Oxford University’s Bodleian Library and had it translated from Sanskrit to English and was printed by AAHF.

Dr Sunita T Pandey, Professor of Agronomy and Executive Secretary of AAHF, College of Agriculture GBPUA&T, Pantnagar, says, “We find the reference for Kunapajala from 400 BC to 1725 AD in literature being practised by farmers and taught in Gurukuls.” “Some farmers still use the same formula today, but some are hesitant to utilise animal remains,” she says.

So, utilising cow dung and cow urine in addition to the opposite substances utilized by Surpala, Late Dr Nene created a vegetarian model of the unique concoction. In 2012, he created a brand new model, Herbal Kunapajala, with a natural basis for the fertiliser.

It continues the identical process, swapping animal stays with vegetation with a special composition however the identical concept. The fermentation course of breaks down complicated proteins and fat into less complicated items, permitting vegetation to higher soak up vitamins and develop more healthy and extra resilient.

Cow dung and urine, jaggery, germinated entire black gram, mustard or neem oil cake, rice husk water, finely chopped area weeds, and water in specified portions are the important thing constituents of Herbal Kunapajala. Herbal Kunapajala is offered in 15 days in the summertime and 30-45 days within the winter.

This versatile, fully fermented bioformulation promotes wholesome plant growth, boosts yields, and protects vegetation from biotic stressors (ailments and bug/pest infestations). It’s a nutrient, water, illness, and soil well being administration system that is additionally environmentally pleasant.

Farmers have had nice success drenching and spraying Herbal Kunapajala on their crops and vegetation. It has enhanced soil high quality whereas rising yields and offering pure insect management.

Vijay Parmar, Darjeeling and Dooars Senior Tea Advisor, has been educating tea farmers about this follow, and two-thirds of Darjeeling and Dooars tea plantations in Northern West Bengal have been transformed to natural tea cultivation utilizing Kunapajala and different Vrikshayurvedic preparations.

About 25 farmers in Uttarakhand use Kunapajala for varied crops. Hundreds of small farmers in Kerala follow Vrikshayurvedic agriculture. Around 100 farmers use Kunapajala in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

Higher Yields And More Nutritious Crops

Small and marginal farmers might produce their crops naturally with out the necessity of additional natural manures or bio-pesticides by utilising merely Herbal Kunapajala. Its utility is already benefiting farmers in MP, Kerala, and Uttarakhand.

Small farmers have been capable of decrease their value of cultivation and guarantee good productiveness whereas significantly rising their internet earnings in numerous crops starting from 25 to 500 p.c, based on Dr SPS Beniwal, Chairman of AAHF. He makes use of rice, greens, and fruit harvests as examples. Farmers noticed a five-fold rise in fruit output in peach vegetation and a ten-fold enhance in yield in a 10-year-old kiwi plant.

Since 2008, AAHF has promoted the usage of Herbal Kunapajala amongst tea producers in Darjeeling, West Bengal, and marginal farmers in Uttarakhand and western Uttar Pradesh since 2019, together with GBPUA&T, via demonstrations on make it. According to Dr. Beniwal, in addition they launched WhatsApp teams for farmers, a Vrikshayurveda periodical, seminars, and organised area visits.

He continues, “This great product also happens to be the world’s first bio-fertilizer and ought to be marketed.”

Recipe: Ingredients And Procedure To Make It:

Cow Dung – 15 to twenty Kilos

Cow Urine – 15 to twenty Liters

Spoiled Jaggery –  2 Kilos

Sprouted Urad- 2 Kilos

Neem Or Mustard Cake –  2 Kilos

Local Farm Weeds – 20 Kilos

Water – 10-20 lts

Preparation Process:

  • Mix cow dung and urine in a 200-litre plastic barrel with a canopy.

  • Mix collectively mustard/neem cake, sprouted urad, and crushed jaggery.

  • 10-20 litres of water, combined completely with a picket stick

  • Crushed farm weeds, medicinal vegetation, and neem leaves are added.

  • Add finely chopped leaves and high-quality twigs of Aak (Madar/Calotropis gigantea), Castor bean, and Jamun (Black plum) vegetation to keep away from fungal ailments.

  • Boil paddy husk in water for 15-20 minutes in an enormous container, then cool for 2 days earlier than placing it within the drum.

  • Add 1-1 litres of milk or 5-7 days outdated whey (buttermilk).

  • A complete of 150 litres of water must be within the drum. Close the quilt tightly on the drum. In the summer time, combine the contents within the morning and night for about 15 days, and within the winter, for 30-45 days. The combination is prepared when the bubbles cease forming. Use it after filtering it with a towel. If it’s for use as sprays, it have to be filtered twice via a material.

First printed on: 06 May 2022, 12:46 IST



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