Seed Ball technique – 1 lakh in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

Seed Ball technique – 1 lakh in 3 hrs. by Bangaloreans

Seed  ball technique   –  1 lakh seed balls were prepared by 600 Bangaloreans to Green Western Ghats.  Most environmentalists have termed this innovation as seeds of success due to its rapid growth rate.

Seed Ball is a unique and interesting method  in today’s age where the greenery is becoming a silent victim of modernization.  Seed balls work as a great idea for a sustainable environment in our concrete jungles.

Seed balls are an ancient technique for propagating plants from seeds without opening up soil with cultivation tools such as a plow.

Victim of urbanization :

Trees are often the first victim’s of Bengaluru’s march towards increased urbanization.  To encourage to grow trees and to reduce their rate of depletion, Seed Balls creations helps growing trees in the city.  

SayTrees – Organizer of Seed ball :

SayTrees is a professionally run group of ordinary people extraordinarily determined to protect the environment not just by themselves, but also by sensitizing others towards the importance of environment conservation and goading them on to participate in tree-plantation campaigns.  

The group consists of passionate nature lovers, who juggle corporate jobs during the week with their love for trees over the weekends. Though it started off as a weekend pursuit in 2007 now it does more than 50 tree plantation drives in 4 months of monsoon. 

Last year, SayTrees had made thousands of seed balls and were sown in Chintamani and Bagepalli.

Volunteers at Seed Ball project:

600 Bengalureans came together in Krishnarajapuram on weekend and made more than 100,000 seed balls. Within three hours they prepared around one lakh seed balls, which will go on to increase the green cover in Western Ghats.

Making of Seed ball by all age group

All age groups came together for the seed ball making. 

Objective of the project:

The members of the organisation SayTrees will take the seed balls to the forests of Kodagu in Karnataka and plant them next week with the help of the forest department. The group wants to re-green the area as thousands of trees were lost during the floods last year.

The aim of the campaign is to build urban forestry and provide greenery in barren lands by using the seed ball technique. 

How to make a seed ball?

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Take some clay, pure some water it, roll it into a little ball, make a little hole in it, pop the seed into it and roll it up again.  Leave it to dry for 24 hours.  The seed ball is ready.

Contents of Seed Ball :

For the seed balls, a mixture of soil and manure is used and each seed ball contains one or more seeds inside. The group which cut across all age groups, made many varieties of seed balls.

The seed balls project had made eight varieties of seed balls including banyan, peepal and tamarind.

Why seed ball?

Among different initiatives to improve green cover, making and distributing seed balls in a quick and cost effective method to reclaim the lost green cover of environment.  It is an emerging afforestation technique.

With knowledge, skill, and patience, seed balls can be as effective a way of establishing plants as plow-seeding or drilling, and they can be made by anyone anywhere in the world that has access to clay, soil, and seed — for no money.

How it works?

The composition of seed balls makes it self-sustainable and favorable for germination in most environments.  Making seed balls are fund and easy.

The concept seed balls was started by Masanobu Fukuoka, a Japanese man famous for popularizing Natural farming, the concept has been adopted worldwide.

Seed balls can also be used to “over seed” existing ecosystems, without damaging the soil structure — or to seed productive plants into forested areas and steep hillsides where tillage is not possible. Seed balls can also be used in combination with animals such as pigs who will do the work of shuffling the mulch around providing seed balls extra cover.

Development of technique :

The technique for creating seed balls was rediscovered by Japanese natural farming pioneer Masanobu Fukuoka. The technique was also used, in ancient Egypt to repair farms after the annual spring flooding of the Nile.

In modern times, during the period of the Second World War, the Japanese government plant scientist working in a government lab, Fukuoka, who lived on the mountainous island of Shikoku, wanted to find a technique that would increase food production without taking away from the land already allocated for traditional rice production,  which thrived in the volcanic rich soils of Japan.

Advantages of using seed ball :

There are some advantages of using seed ball instead of using seeds directly:

  • Because there are nutrients in the seed  ball  in the form of compost or potting mix or cow dung,  it gives a leg up to germinating seeds – gives them nutrition in the early days when the young plant needs a little help to survive in harsh conditions.
  • The balls prevents animals or birds from eating up the seeds.
  • It takes less time to cover a large area – since one can simply throw the seed ball – so one could, for example, drive around in a car with thousands of seed bombs and a slingshot, and disperse the seed bombs all around while cruising in vehicle. In fact, there have been scenarios where seed bombs have been used for aerial reforestation by dispersing hundreds of thousands of seed bombs using a low flying aero-plane !

Seed Balls protect seeds from :

Winds – which blow them away

Birds and Rodents – which eat them

Hot Sun –  which bakes their vitality and

Excessive rain – Which carries them off.

Results of using Seed Ball :

With the rainfall, the clay coating melts and the seeds germinate where the ball has landed.  The seed balls will stay put until the seedlings have a chance to put down roots.  The seed balls will absorb moisture from the ground, the dew and the rain and will sprout when conditions are right. 

Many seeds will grow from a single seed ball and the plant most suited to the micro conditions of that site will prevail. perties

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals – K.Suma – UAS, Bengaluru

Gold Medals were won by  K.Suma at  the 53rd convocation of  University of Agricultural Sciences, Bengaluru.

University of Agricultural Sciences :

University of Agricultural Sciences Bengaluru is  a premier institution of agricultural education and research in the country, began as a small agricultural research farm in 1899. It was started on  30 acres of land donated by Her Excellency Maharani Kempa Nanjammanni Vani Vilasa Sannidhiyavaru, the Regent of Mysore and appointed Dr. Lehmann, German Scientist to initiate research on soil crop response with a Laboratory in the Directorate of Agriculture.

Later under the initiative of the Dewan of Mysore Sir M. Vishweshwaraiah, the Mysore Agriculture Residential School was established in 1913 at Hebbal which offered Licentiate in Agriculture and later offered a diploma program in agriculture during 1920. The School was upgraded to Agriculture College  in 1946 which offered four year degree programs in Agriculture.

The Government of Mysore headed by Sri. S. Nijalingappa, the then Chief Minister, established the University of Agricultural Sciences on the pattern of Land Grant College system of USA.

Gold Medals – 53rd convocation :

The 53rd convocation of the UAS, Bengaluru was scheduled on 25th March 2019.  The students of each of the degree programs of each college securing the highest OGPA at the end of their degree program were honored with gold medals and a certificate of merit.

As many as 121 gold medals and 20 gold medal certificates were given away.  While 72 students got PhDs, 308 students got a master’s degree and 661 students got a bachelor’s degree. 

Padma Shri and Punjab Agricultural University Vice-Chancellor Baldev Singh Dhillon was the chief guest.

K.Suma – gold medalist :

Suma is 22 years old and did her B.Sc. in agriculture from the College of Sericulture, Chintamani, Chikkaballapur.  She earned the maximum accolades in the 53rd convocation at UAS. 

She bagged 7 gold medals and 5 gold medal certificates. 

According to Suma, “there is so much of research work in agricultural sciences and there are so many technological advancements.  But this has not reached the farmers here.  There is a need for greater awareness among the farming community and I hope to bridge the gap”.

She is pursuing her M.Sc. in genetics and plant breeding from GKVK.

Suma’s Inspiration – Gold Medal :

Her father M. Krishnappa is a lab assistant at GKVK and was present at the convocation. Suma is inspired to pursue a career in agricultural sciences due to her father who speaks highly of farmers.   

She gave up her seat in medicals so that she can join agricultural sciences and bring some change for farmers affected by losses.

Suma’s younger sister Priyanka is a student of B.Sc Agricultural marketing.

Other gold medalists :

61 students bagged 120 gold medals at the 53rd convocation.  T.D.Gowda and Y.L.Ranjith Undergraduate students bagged 6 gold medals each.  K.H.Bhagyashree got 5 gold medals.

K.A.Shoba in M.Sc, won 6 gold medals along with topping the Masters program.

Congratulations and kudos to Suma.K. and other achievers.

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Krishi Mela 2018 @ GKVK, Bengaluru

Krishi Mela 2018 @ GKVK, Bengaluru

The Krishi Mela 2018 is being conducted at  Gandhi Krishi Vignana Kendra (GKVK) from November 15 to 18, 2018. Auxiliary Technologies to enhance agriculture income will be the main focus.

As a result, an Agril Exhibition will be depicting latest advance in agriculture, farm machinery, organic farming and animal sciences is organized on a large scale.

This event provides an opportunity for State and Central Government developmental departments, financial institutions, input agencies, seed companies etc. to display/sell their products.

Governor Vaju Bhai Vala will inaugurate the 3 day event which ends on November 18.  The key feature includes Israel agricultural enterprises.

Felicitation of farmers and also an exhibition, including agricultural engineering and animal husbandry are the key attractions of the event.

Farmers from Bengaluru Rural and Urban, Chamarajanagara, Mysuru, Kolar, Hassan, Mandya are taking part in the Krishi Mela.  This Krishi Mela helps to create awareness among the farmers coming from different part of Karnataka and neighboring states about the latest developments.

The university is expecting around 10 lakh people to visit.  Prizes will be awarded for best stalls under various categories for the outstanding display.