Development of Organic Fertilizer and Compost Bin for Home Gardening
Keywords:Compost, Fruit and Vegetable wastes, Nutrition Composter
India is the second largest manufacturer of fruits and vegetables within the world that amounts to 15 percent of the world’s produce. The Central Institute of Post-Harvest Engineering and Technology (CIPHET) Ludhiana, estimated that about 18 percent of the produce is wasted due to poor management. These fruit and vegetable wastes contain significant amount of bio-active compounds that are dumped into the landfills. The aim of this study is to make composting easier that is suitable for households, where mitigation of these fruits and vegetable wastes can be curbed. A compost bin (Nutrition Composter) was designed keeping in thought for home composting that is easy to operate and does not attract pests, flies and odor. Alongside the Nutrition Composter, compost recipe was formulated using fruits and vegetable peels, for herbs and succulents that would provide balanced nutrition through home composting. Home composting method is the most recent strategy that reduces the amount of biodegradable wastes from being sent to the landfill sites. Many local councils in the recent years have strongly promoted home composting and recruitment which is quite significant. Utilization of nutrients from fruit and vegetable wastes have drawn a lot of attention from authors and scientist all over the globe.
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