Jeevamrutham or jeevamrut is a way of farming crops without the use of chemicals. The method advocates, whatever a crop needs are there in the soil and all we need to boost these traits to get the maximum harvest. It denounces the use of chemicals, as the chemical kills all the microbes in the soil.
Jeevamrutham suggests that microorganisms in these natural resources are the most important factor that crops require. Padma Shri Subhash Palekar is the brain behind this way of cultivating. His way of farming is known as Subhash Palekar Natural Farming (SPNF). Earlier it was known as Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF).
Jeevamrutham benefits & uses
The use of chemical products is completely prohibited in this farming method. It believes chemical use kills the soil, and the use of jeevamrut cherishes the soil and preserves soil’s natural traits and its related organisms such as earthworms. It backs the use of natural resources such as cow manure as well as other natural products as pesticides and fertilisers for crops.
It is made from natural as well as easily found materials such as fresh cow dung, cow urine, jaggery, flour of any kind (such as green gram, Bengal gram, black gram), soil that is free from chemicals, clean water which is free from chlorine and other chemicals.
- Take 2.5 kilograms of cow dung raw.
- 1 litre of cow’s urine.
- Half kilogram jaggery.
- A half kilogram of any pulse’s powder (flour).
- A handful of soil, which is clean from chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
- 50 litres of water to dilute the mix.
Mix all the items in a large container and cover it with a log or sack to prevent direct sunlight. Keep the mix under shade for fourteen days and mix well the mixture two times a day until 7 days complete. After fourteen days the mix can apply under any trees or plants.
How to use jeevamrutham for plants?
The mix can be used for any plants. Make sure to further dilute the mix depends upon the size of the plant. If it’s a new seedling dilute a litre of jeevamrutham into 10 litres of clean water. If it is a grown plant such as long beans or vellari (cucumber) dilute the mix into 5 litres of clean water and apply.
The mix can be used for 7 days and after 7 days the microorganisms will begin to decay. Twice in a month, one can use the mix. Do not apply the mix on dry soil as it will immediately kill the microorganisms in the mix. Water the soil before applying the mix.