Elephant, the biggest animal on land, has been used for many purposes by human beings. But how many of us know that elephant dung also is beneficial for us, when it comes to agriculture?
Elephant dung is a good organic manure. But it cannot be directly applied because the plants may get dried up due to intense heat. Vellanikkara Horticulture College has developed a technology to decompose elephant dung into compost using cow dung and microbial culture.
Two earthworm species - Eudrilus eugeniae and Eisenia fetida – are used for making the compost after regulating the heat content of the elephant dung. The elephant dung compost is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium and sodium which are essential for plant growth.