AZOLLA PRODUCTION

AZOLLA PRODUCTION

Azolla is very rich in proteins, essential amino acids, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B12 and Beta- Carotene), growth promoter intermediaries and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium etc. On a dry weight basis, it contains 25 - 35 percent protein, 10 - 15 percent minerals and 7 - 10 percent of amino acids, bio-active substances and bio-polymers. The carbohydrate and fat content of azolla is very low. Its nutrient composition makes it a highly efficient and effective feed for livestock. Azolla can be used as an ideal feed for cattle, fish, pigs and poultry, and also is of value as a bio-fertilizer for wetland paddy. It is popular and cultivated widely in other countries like China, Vietnam, and the Philippines, but has yet to be taken up in India, in a big way. In our method, a water body is made, preferably under the shade of a tree, with the help of a silpauline sheet. Silpauline is a polythene tarpaulin which is resistant to the ultra violet radiation in sunlight. A pit of 2 x 2 x 0.2 m is dug as a first step. All corners of the pit should be at the same level so that a uniform water level can be maintained. The pit is covered with plastic gunnies to prevent the roots of the nearby trees piercing the silpauline sheet, which is spread over the plastic gunnies. About 10 - 15 kg of sieved fertile soil is uniformly spread over the silpauline sheet. Slurry made of 2 kg cow dung and 30 g of Super Phosphate mixed in 10 litres of water, is poured onto the sheet. More water is poured on to raise the water level to about 10 cm. About 0.5 - 1 kg of fresh and pure culture of azolla is placed in the water. This will grow rapidly and fill the pit within 10 - 15 days. From then on, 500 - 600 g of azolla can be harvested daily. A mixture of 20 g of Super Phosphate and about 1 kg of cow dung should be added once every 5 days in order to maintain rapid multiplication of the azolla and to maintain the daily yield of 500 g. A micronutrient mix containing magnesium, iron, copper, sulphur etc., can also be added at weekly intervals to enhance the mineral content of azolla.

Azolla benefits:

  • Hosts a symbiotic blue green algae Anabaena azolle, which is responsible for the fixation and assimilation of atmospheric nitrogen.
  • Can double in size every several days under optimal nutrient and water temperate conditions
  • Nitrogen and mineral source for compost making
  • 25-30% Protein, and low in lignin with makes it digestible to many animals, as well as nutritious
  • Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B12 and Beta- Carotene), growth promoter intermediaries and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium etc.
  • On a dry weight basis, it contains 25 – 35 percent protein, 10 – 15 percent minerals and 7 – 10 percent of amino acids, bio-active substances and bio-polymers.
  • Palatable to: ducks, chickens, pigs, cows, goats, sheep and rabbits (and probably lots of others too)
  • Can increase milk production in cows by 15-20%
  • Azolla is a nutrient feeder and prevents Algal blooms in farm dams as a result, keeping water more usable for stock
  • Can be easily harvested with a scoop net, or grown in enclosed, floating rings which can be pulled to the edge for easy harvest
  • After initial collection/purchase, you get a lifetime supply!

azolla benefits for goats

 

Goat Farming is a billion dollar industry in India and


provides livelihood for millions of farmers.

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GOAT BREEDS

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Sojat breed

Sojat breed is cross of Jamunapari

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Sirohi breed

Compact medium-sized animals.

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Boer goat

The Boer goat is a breed of goat that was developed in South Africa

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Osmanabadi goats

These goats are widely distributed in osmanabad,latur and nearby small town places.