Organic farmers and kitchen gardeners in our villages are learning how to use a fertiliser called jeevamritam. The concoction is a traditional organic mixture from India’s farming systems.
For one acre of land:
- 10 kg gobar (cow dung) that is less than seven days old
- 10 l cow urine that is as old as possible
- 1 kg of rotten fruit or 2 l of coconut water or 1 kg of pure jaggery (fruit is best)
- 1kg besan/chana/dal powder (not soya)
- 200 g mother soil from the ground under tree, for example
- Mix these ingredients and add them to 200 litres of water.
- Keep covered with a jute bag and stir/turn twice daily for 2 days.
- The fertiliser can be used in a 1:5 ratio for 48 days.
Our recipe came from Omana Kuttan, a farmer in Kerala who has been practising organic for the last 10 years.