Why Jeevatu?

Global top concerns are Climate Change, permanent food/ nutrition security and city waste management. These issues are more relevant to the developing world. The capitals of developing countries are rapidly urbanized and experiencing the population explosion and facing extremes of environmental degradation in the form of water and air pollution as well as use of highly toxic chemicals in agricultural production. Increasingly urban people are devoid of fresh air, fresh water and pesticide residue free agro-products. Likewise, pollution and pesticide residue loaded agro products continue to affect human health. Similarly the rural areas of developing countries are facing problems due to unsustainable farming and bad effects of climate change.

The extensive use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, the expansion of meat industry and the destruction of the forest to grow agricultural commodities are responsible for almost one third of the greenhouse gases that are causing global climate change. (Seedling, Oct., 2009). Further, the consequences of the use of the hazardous chemicals in farming for quite long has deteriorated the agricultural yield, decreased the shelf life of fruits & vegetables and natural taste of our agricultural products. This is also responsible to imbalance the whole natural ecosystem.

Thus the key cause of global warming and poverty emerges due to the lack of development and dissemination of eco-friendly, sustainable, commercial easily adoptable, natural resources management technologies for the agricultural and industrial development. Nepalese Farming Institute (NFI) proposes to develop a system which makes agriculture practice inexpensive as well as sustainable, eco-friendly and self-reliant so that farmers would themselves be able to make the inputs like high quality manures and Jeevatu based organic liquid manures for the pest management by the use of their local rural natural resources. Similarly, NFI envisions a package of technology that will ultimately contribute to improve to environment (bio-diversity, air quality, water quality, reduction of green house gases emission, CO2 sequestering), economy of farmers and offer stakeholders health condition (availability of quality drinking water, quality food, quality air) of consumers and agricultural producers. Nepalese Farming Institute recognizes the immediate need of intervention under deteriorating environmental conditions and existing practices of agriculture which is based in chemical fertilizers and pesticides.

Reasons to use Jeevatu

A.     Comparative study of other bio-agents in relation to Jeevatu

There are many forms of bio-agents which are being traded in various trade names. Each bio-agent is generally used to manage single problem. Thus to manage various pest problems of any crop one has to buy many types of bio-agents (according to the nature of pest problem) which increases the cost of cultivation. It is therefore organic agriculture in developing countries is mainly done for export market.

Jeevatu as a package of beneficial microbes can be used to manage problems of plant nutrition and plant protection. Furthermore, preparing Jeevatu based organic liquid manures which still significantly reduce the cost of cultivation. Thus, cost of cultivation of Jeevatu based pesticide residue free agro-products or cost of organic farming will not be more than presently adopted chemical based farming. Further, Jeevatu based technology will have increasing trend of productivity along with decreasing trend of cost of cultivation.

Besides, Jeevatu based technology increase soil organic matter which not only increase the crop productivity but also sequesters carbon dioxide. One percent increase in soil organic matter sequesters 88 tons/hectare carbon dioxide. It is thus Jeevatu based farming system offers an opportunity of carbon trading.

 B.     Economic benefit for small and marginal farmer.

The cost of commercially traded bio-agents ranges from US$10 to US$30 per kg/lit. As any single crop faces many pest problems so one has to buy different (many) types of bio-agents as per the nature of pest problem. Thus the cost of cultivation will increase. Moreover, such commercially traded bio-agents are recommended to use within couple of hours (4 hours) after opening the container of the bio-agents which is difficult to be adoptable in case of small and marginal farmers.

The bottle of Jeevatu can be opened and required amount can be used and rest can be kept till one year. Furthermore, preparation and use of Jeevatu based organic liquid manures decrease the cost many times.

C.     Sustainability

By the use of Jeevatu, the population of beneficial microbes for plant nutrition and plant protection will increase every year. If one is not using chemical pesticides, the requirement of Jeevatu will decrease every year as these beneficial microbes goes on multiplying in soil. Similarly Jeevatu improves soil structure, fertility and health. Thus the cost of cultivation will decrease and productivity will increase which results more on-farm profits making the technology sustainable.

D.    NFI aims to deliver the following impact through Jeevatu Based Technologies:

1) Contribution to improve the environmental, economical and social condition of the developing countries and world at large.

2) Contribution to solve the problems related to city waste (sewage and sewerages) management .

3) Contribution to sequester CO2 through improvement of organic matter of soil and creating environment for microbial action.

4) Contribution to improve socio-economic condition of rural people by disseminating sustainable eco-friendly and commercial farming technologies in agricultural sector.

5) Contribution to improve public health through availability of pesticide residue free agricultural products.

6)Mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change by the sequestration of carbon dioxide through increased soil organic matter.

What is Jeevatu?

Jeevatu is a package of beneficial microbes found in natural conditions. This package of beneficial microbes is eco-friendly, sustainable and capable to manage plant nutrition and plant protection problems. Jeevatu is non-poisonous and harmless to eco-system. The key ingredients of Jeevatu are Lactic acid bacteria, Azotobacter,…

Why Jeevatu?

Global top concerns are Climate Change, permanent food/ nutrition security and city waste management. These issues are more relevant to the developing world. The capitals of developing countries are rapidly urbanized and experiencing the population explosion and facing extremes of environmental degradation in…

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