Agricultural university develops fertilizer from hair
Thrissur: According to a research conducted by the scientists at the Kerala Agriculture University, human hair can be used as fertilizer which is highly effective.
The fertilizer made out of hair can be in solid and liquid state. Primary discussions are going on to make these available in markets.
The research started from a request submitted by the barber-beautician association to Agriculture Minister VS Sunilkumar.
For the last seven months, the microbiology department of the university was under this research.
First, the hair is dissolved to form a dark solution with the smell of rotten eggs and then neutralised.
According to microbiology department head Dr D Girija, the hair fertilizer was first used on ‘Aruna’, a lady’s finger variety developed at the university itself.
University Vice Chancellor Dr P Rajendran, said that the hair fertilizer in addition to being an organic substitute for chemical ones, also help in the management of discarded human hair.
The university is planning to start farming in one acre of land using the hair fertilizer.
In Europe and America, hair fertilizers have been in use for the past 50 years.