Panchagavya probably needs no introduction.
I first heard of Panchagavya through blog of geek gardener. This was way back in feb 09 when I was about to start my kitchen garden.
In short Panchagavya is a liquid formed by blending 5(pancha) products from the Cow(gavya). Cow dung, Cow’s urine, Milk, Curd and Ghee (and few other things) are mixed together at proper ratio and fermented for about 20 days.
It does wonder to the health of plants and it’s main benifit’s listed as per this site are:
1. Bigger leaves.
2. Denser Canopy
3. Photosynthetic system activated
4. Increases biological efficiency.
6. Trunk produces side shoots (carry Max. fruits)
7. Rooting is profuse and dense and remains fresh for long. Roots spread and grow
into deeper layers.
8. Max. intake of nutrient & water by the healthy root.
9. A thin oily film is formed on the leaves and stems, which helps reducing the
evaporation of water.
10 . Withstands long dry periods due to deep and extensive roots.
11. Irrigation water requ irement reduced by 30%.
But then my search for a source for Panchagavya didn’t give any encouraging results. The only source i could find was in Chennai and getting it from there was always a challenge for me.
Looking at the difficulty in procuring it I made up my mind to prepare it at home but then the difficulty in procuring the raw materials like cow dung and mainly the cow urine always made me postpone that plan.
One fine morning, a month back, I got a call from one of my friend whom I had met in one of the training programs conducted by AMEF.
He informed me that he has come across a good source for the cow dung and cow urine and started preparing panchagavya at home. He offered to give some of it to me.
I wasted no time in accepting his offer and made a visit to his place(near to city market) on a weekend. Since last 1 month I have been using panchagavya given by him. The results are just magical, some of my almost dying plants have revived like they got a dose of life saving amrit.
This friend of mine, name Sai Kiran is a very enthusiastic gardener himself but not much of a good business guy (neither am I ;)). He has this idea that Panchagavya can be sold commercially to people who are enthusiastic about kitchen gardening. I quite agree with him because i’ll be the first one to buy from him.
He requested me to put this information on my blog to spread a word about the same. So, here you go.
We have sat together and arrived at a price per litre which would cover the cost and effort in making this. We think Rs. 100/- per litre (for concentrated Panchagavya) would do justice to the cost and effort. You can buy in lots of 1/2 litre. For application to foliage and soil you need to make 3% solution by adding water.
If you too would be interested to buy it then please drop a mail to sai at firstname.lastname@example.org. You both can then can work out the logistics of collecting the stuff and payment.
Best Wishes for your garden and hope to see it prospering with Panchagavya.