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Agriculture Innovation
Innovation LADEP (Lalit and Devpal’s Technology) – Organic Manure Production
One constraint, which although not yet fully accepted, despite being talked about, is that organic farming, requires huge biomass, which in most cases is generally not available. Consequently, agricultural scientists are reluctant to promote organic farming.
However, the farming community of Western Uttar Pradesh, unknowingly and ignorantly, finds it difficult to dispose of the huge biomass of Sugarcane leaves which they regard simply as waste. Furthermore, these leaves are then burnt, releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, and thus contributing to
Agriculture Innovation
climatic change. Furthermore, this practice contributes to widespread soil degradation.

Janhit Foundation has created a technique where the farmers can benefit from the biomass contained in sugarcane leaves, by converting it to compost and thus forming manure. Our former fieldworker Lalit and our current Agricultural Coordinator Devpal Singh, have been responsible for the creation of this innovation, what is essentially a rich, organic manure, compiled with zero budget.
For one acre of land, the following is required:
Sugarcane leaves from one field (approx 1 acre) – Approx. 3 tonnes.
2 tonnes of animal dung.
2 tonnes of field soil.
20000 litres of water.
Green weeds/biomass - 1 tonne.
Rock phosphate/ash - 60 kg.
Wooden sticks/timber (broken/chopped) - 2 quintals
The area required for the production of this manure is 25 ft x 8 ft x 5 ft. The manure (approx. 4-5 tonnes) will be ready for use within 5-6 months, depending on the season.
Harit Pani
Collect 25 kg of weeds (grown on roadside etc.). Chop it up with a dao. Place it in a big drum. Mix 500 gm gur (jaggery), 500 gm tamarind (imli) and 250 gm salt with the chopped biomass. Pour 100 litres of water into the drum so that it covers the ingredients. Stir daily with a stick. The mixture will decompose within 15-20 days. Strain it and use it as a spray or as a soil drench in 10% strength. This is ideal for farmers who do not have cows but still want to use organic manures for their fields and crops.