Vermiculture is the process where earthworms are used to break down dry leaves, discarded vegetables and organic waste to create vermicompost. This vermicompost is used in small scale, sustainable, organic farming.
This technique is particularly useful as manure for tree plantation and farming. Majority of the farmers across India have small landholdings where they are unable to cultivate any produce, one of the reasons being the ever-rising cost of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
Thus, as a helping hand to these needy farmers, ‘Shree Aniruddha Aadesh Pathak’ launched the Vermiculture project in December 2003. The project has been planned in such a way that volunteers can execute it from their residence too. The volunteers are trained to create this vermicompost. Waste food, fruit and vegetable peels and leftovers are used to form the manure. Oils, fats and meat are avoided. This compost acts as a natural fertiliser and is also considered to be an excellent conditioner for the soil.
This vermicompost is then distributed amongst the needy farmers absolutely free of cost. Also, part of the vermicompost is used for the tree plantation activities.
Over the years, the Pathak has undertaken special projects at the specific requests of institutions, organisations, housing societies, schools, colleges and corporate areas. The Pathak has conducted Vermiculture Training sessions in various institutions and organisations. Some of them have been listed below-
- Central Railway Workshop (Matunga)
- FDC Ltd. (Jogeshwari)
- Maharashtra State Bank
- DIL Ltd (Thane)
- Bhavans College (Andheri)
- IES School (Marol)
- Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan Vidyalaya
- Thane Mahanagar Palika School
- SEBI, Naval Dockyard (Colaba)
- CRISIL House under CSR Project.
- Thakur International School, Kandivli West (approx. 150 kgs)
- Tunga Hotels, MIDC, Andheri East
- Tunga International
- Tunga Paradise
- Tunga Regal
Vermicompost production (Approx. 1.5 tonnes)
- IES School, Dadar, Mumbai
- Lotus Plaza Chandivali (under process)