Physico-Chemical Evaluation of Vermicompost Prepared from Temple Waste Using Eisenia fetida
Younis Ahmad Hajam
Background and Objective: The major cause of environmental degradation and solid waste generation are over-population, pollution, industrialization and urbanization. The present study was designed to evaluate the physicochemical characteristics of vermicompost prepared from temple waste. Materials and Methods: Different sets, in set-I temple waste and dung were taken in a 2:2 ratio (1.50: 1.50 kg). In set-II temple waste and leaves were taken in the basket as 2:2 ratios (1.50: 1.50 kg). In set-III, temple waste, leaves and dung as 2:1:1 ratio (1.50: 0.75: 0.75 kg) were taken. In set-IV, temple waste, dung and Trichoderma were taken as 2:2 ratio with 25 g Trichoderma (1.50 kg: 1.50 kg+ 25 g). In set-V, temple waste, leaves and Trichoderma were kept in ratio 2:2+25 g (1.50 kg: 1.50 kg: 25g). In set-VI, temple waste, leaves, dung and Trichoderma as ratio 2:1:1+25 g (1.50 kg: 0.75 kg: 0.75 kg+25 g). The physicochemical characteristics were evaluated during pre and post decomposed stages. Results: In physical parameters, electrical conductivity, moisture content and volatile matter showed a significant decrease while ash content was found to significant increase. In chemical parameters pH content, total organic carbon, organic carbon content nitrogen content, C:P ratio, total sodium content and CEC/C ratio exhibits slight increase and C:N ratio, total potassium content, total phosphorus content and calcium content show a significant decrease. Conclusion: Therefore, it can be concluded that temple waste can be managed easily with the help of vermicomposting process and promote its use publically.
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