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A young enterprising cultivator from Karnataka was in a great difficulty due number of problems at the farm compounded totally unreliable power supply.

Sanatkumar Patil ...


1.How long do earthworms live?

A. Wherever there is research carried on earthworms in the world, the researches are generally unanimous about the life span of the earthworms which is one and half years.

2. Are there male and female earthworms?

A. The earthworm is hermaphrodite. It has both male and female organs. But for procreation it is essential to have a mating of two earthworms.

3. To what depth one can find earthworms in the soil

A. The earthworm can operate up to 7 ft in the soil. This has been established by Charies Darwin in 1884.

4. Earthworms and microbes supply the food elements to the crops. But if the food supply in the soil is exhausted, how the crops are going to get the food elements. Meaning how nitrogen, phosphorus, potash and calcium will be produced?

A. The main food elements for a plant are carbon, oxygen, hydrogen and nitrogen which constitute about 95 percent of the weight of a plant. The plants absorb these elements from the air but in the form of iron with help of iron fixing bacteria. The availability of the gases in the air is inexhaustible. What is finite is the stock of the bacteria in the soil. And in order to ensure an unending supply of these bacteria, you must ensure the presence of the nature's fertilizer factory manager- the earthworm – in the soil. other food elements which are needed in minute quantities for the nourishment and well being of the plants are provided partly by the soil microbes and are partly synthesized by the plants themselves. While thinking of the life processes in the biosphere, we forget the fact that the our knowledge of the universe is extremely limited and that there is a vast expanse of the cosmos about which we know nothing. And hence we are applying the laws of the finite universe as conceived and construed by our intellect, to the processes of the infinite (which is totally wrong).

5. What is the range of temperature favorable for earthworm growth?

A. The optimum range is 15 to 20 deg c. when the soil is moist it maintains this temperature.

6. Will the Deshpande technique succeed in crumbly rocky (murmad) soil?

A. The experiments in the crumbly rocky soil have been successful. Proper mulching is absolutely necessary for the trials to be effective. You will find a detailed account of mulching process in our book or on our Methodology page.

7. Can we use a man made product as food supplement for earthworms in the same manner as we feed nuts to chicken or give biscuits to children?

A. The earthworms always fed on discarded plant material. It also thrives on bagasse, press mud, old jute bags, partially decomposed farmyard manure, poultry manure and the organic mulch. Angara-Amrutpani is an added inducement to the earthworms in the same manner as our offering biscuits or sweets to childern.

8. Can we use lemon juice as substitute for neem extract?

A. There no harm in trying. I have not used it so far. Since the neem extract has proved to be effective, I have not wasted time in this trial. My experiments were carried out with unquestioned faith in the teachings of the saints and sages. These were proving successful. Hence I did not feel the necessity to proceed beyound their advise although there was no restriction to try anyting else. The only limitation has been how much I can achieve in my working life ! This is limited and very short compared to that of the ancestral sages which was 500-600 years.

9. Will Amrutpani alone be useful for jujube trees (ber) ? Should it be poured on the tree or fed by the ring system ? Is it necessary to dig a tranch around the trunk and (loosely) fill it with soil (before feeding Amrutpani)?

A. Angara is a must befor feeding amrutpani. It is the our custorm that befor we star our meal the hands or the spoon must be clean. So in both case the word 'must' should never be forgotten. If there is a trench around the tree give the Amrutpani in the trench in a clockwise direction. It is not necessary to fill the trench with soil. But the soil must be moist at time of this operation. It is a good practice to feed Amrutpani along with irrigation water . If the trench has not been made , do not dig it round the tree. At a distance of five feet from the trunk, dig a 5 X 2 X 2 – 3 feet deep trench in the south-north direction. The excavated soil should be put on side of the trunk, it and parallel to the trench. bottom of the trench should slightly slope from south to north. Further, if it is feasible lay the trench on the west side of the tree. The above procedure is for free standing trees in an orchard where the distance between the trees is adequate to lay the trenches. For the small trees/bushes planted in rows such as pomegranate, orange, tangerine, banana etc., put the trench in the south-north direction between the rows.

10. Monthly cultivation of the soil around my ber trees is needed. Will this practice kill the earthworms? If so what is the soulution?

A.With Angara, Amrutpani and mulch, cultivation of the soil is not needed since the weeds do not germinate. The soil remains porous and the white fibrous roots have a chance to grow unhampered without breaking or injury (as happens during cultivation). This results in increased fruit bearing. Please be assured that the culivation may kill a couple of earthworms but no large-scale damage will occur to the rest of the earthworm population in the soil. This is because of the working of cosmic energy. The electro-magnetic form of the cosmic energy is in operation in this case. The earthworms have copper in their system. This element is sensitive to the changes in the levels of the electro-magnetic energy. Once this happens ( either due to cultivation or death of a few earthworms), all the earthworms in the area feel this and disappear into the ground. This is experienced by the anglers who try to dig for earthworms. Even after a lot of digging around, they normally get no more than a few. During a year, one earthworm produces about four thousand four hundred earthworms. And hence, it really is of no consequence as to how many die and how many survive.

Our Technique


Step 1. Angara (Holy Ash) As per the Deshpande method the cultivator has to incorporate a minimum of 15 kilo of soil from the base of a banyan tree into each acre of farmland he wishes to cultivate.

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Book on Rishi Krishi
Title Ahimsak Rishi-Krishi Deshpande Farming Technique
English Edition Rs. 250/- + Postage[In India]

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