Oushadhi's herbal garden flourishes after applying biowaste of Ayurvedic medicine
Pilathara (Kannur): Oushadhi, the Ayurvedic medicine manufacturing company owned by the state government, has found out that the remnants of Ayurvedic medicines can be effectively used as fertilizer for plants.
The experiment was successfully carried out in the herbal garden of Oushadhi subcentre at Pariyaram for the production unit at Kuttanellur in Thrissur. Oushadhi Managing Director K Uthaman ideated the project.
Waste management was a major issue at the production unit in Thrissur. So, the authorities decided to experiment by using the leftovers of herbal medicines as fertilizers for the plants.
The biowaste of ‘Kashaya Choornam’ was brought to Pariyaram and used as fertilizers and as mulch for turmeric farming. It was found that the waste of medicines mixed with the ash from boilers helps in improving plant growth and resisting pest menace. With this, huge quantity of herbal medicine waste was brought to Pariyaram for this purpose.
Oushadhi authorities said that the experiment proved that the waste of medicines boosted growth of the plants, improved immunity and also resisted insects. Turmeric is cultivated on 2-acre land in Pariyaram this year.
K Noushad, plantation in charge of Oushadhi, said that biowaste of the medicine from Thrissur was used for mulching turmeric plant beds. Also the compost made of this biowaste and green leaves is used as base fertilizer for turmeric. This helped a lot in improving plant growth, he said.