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Vermicomposting Technology

Susmita Gawde, Sayali Gharat


How will waste be managed?” is an important question demanding attention due to the rapid growth in waste generation worldwide. With the ever-increasing population and consumerist lifestyle generate voluminous solid wastes. Large quantities of organic wastes are produced from agricultural production and farming systems, including animal manures, food and kitchen wastes, and industrial organic wastes. These have the potential of increasing global soil and water pollution because they are currently disposed of by land-spreading, or into landfills. As much as 50%–60% of the total wastes that are disposed into landfills are organic wastes. If these wastes are turned into materials useful in agriculture and horticulture, there would be great savings in primary plant nutrients. Vermicompost has a higher level of nutrients available from waste, such as carbon–nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium, calcium and magnesium. The use of earthworms in the degradation of various types of waste has continued so many years since the past. These wastes include industrial, agricultural of plant debris and domestic waste papers and kitchen waste. The paper has attempted to evaluate the development of vermicomposting technology in different types of wastes such as industrial, agricultural, paper wastes, bio-degradable waste from the kitchen.


Keywords: Vermicomposting, sludge, earthworms, waste management, compost

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Susmita Gawde, Sayali Gharat. Vermicomposting Technology. Research & Reviews: Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology. 2019; 8(1): 5–10p.

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