Evaluation of parameters for preparation of vermicompost from bagasse and press mud by using Eudrilus eugeniae
Author(s): Dr. Ravindra Singh Yadav
Abstract: Sugar Industry and its ancillary units in India play a vital role in the economic development of rural areas. The increase in sugarcane and sugar production has resulted in increased quantity of wastes in the form of bagasse and press mud per day. Most of these wastes are usually burnt in the field, which creates severe environmental pollution and health hazard. Hence it was thought to use these wastes as raw material for vermicomposting. Vermicomposting is a composting process by using earthworms. In this study both wastes were pre-treated with cow dung and urine of cow for 15 days at room temperature and then it was used to fill up in 2Kg capacity pots and then Eudrilus eugeniae was used to convert this waste into Vermicompost. Then optimizations of parameters like temperature, pH, moisture, particle size of waste were carried out using Eudrilus eugeniae for six weeks. It was found that 25 ºC pH 7.0, 1-1.8 mm particle size and 80% moisture content were optimum parameters for vermicomposting of sugarcane waste.
Dr. Ravindra Singh Yadav. Evaluation of parameters for preparation of vermicompost from bagasse and press mud by using Eudrilus eugeniae. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2019;1(2):253-256. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2019.v1.i2c.836