Vermitechnology: Rebuilding of Sustainable Rural Livelihoods


Shweta Yadav
Department of Zoology, School of Biological Sciences, Dr. H.S. Gour Central University, India

Vinay Kumar Singh
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of AYUSH, Govt. of India, New Delhi, India

Series: Agriculture Issues and Policies
BISAC: TEC003000

Organic farming is a system approach utilizing the natural cycles and biological interactions for crop production and protection. It aims at harmonizing with nature using a method of production that does not destroy the environment. Vermitechnology is one of the important components of organic farming. The earthworm (verm) is now known to be a good biological element for the recovery of vermifertilizer and vermin- protein for use in agro-ecosystems, aquaculture, poultry etc. Earthworm culture, popularly called vermiculture is being widely practiced in a big commercialized manner.

Therefore, it is high time to enter into the vermitechnology as a part of the biotechnology programme. In India, some companies have adopted vermiculture, but by and large the general awareness remains limited, despite the fact that several non-governmental organizations and governmental institutions are trying hard to popularize vermitechnology. This book is an attempt to help those desirous of starting a vermiculture and vermicompost industry. Based on this rationale, the Vermiculture Research Station in Aligarh, India embarked on an extensive programme of transferring vermitechnology to the farmers back in 2000 under the Lab to Land programme.

The farmers were given specialized training through field demonstrations in vermitechnology, organizing special courses and setting-up their own field units in rural areas. It is heartening to note that female farmers have also come forward in this new venture and are now producing quality vermicompost to supplement their income. This initiative has not only generated self-employment opportunities among rural populations but they have also developed a sense of economic independence in the farming community. With our constant efforts, a series of vermicompost units have been set up, with mass production and their assured marketing through the sale counter set-up is now a reality. It is hoped that the basic information on vermitechnology provided in this publication will encourage fellow scientists and farmers to take up work in this direction, which we hope would be in the best interest of the nation as organic farming is becoming an important alternative to present-day high input intensive agriculture. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

Chapter 1 – Introduction (pp. 1-6)

Chapter 2 – Sustainable Agriculture and Vermitechnology (pp. 7-22)

Chapter 3 – Present World Scenario of Vermitechnology (pp. 23-34)

Chapter 4 – Vermitechnology: A Simple Technique (pp. 35-56)

Chapter 5 – Earthworms and Their Use in Vermitechnology (pp. 57-94)

Chapter 6 – Organic Farming for Quality Medicinal Plants‟ Production (pp. 95-102)

Chapter 7 – Certification of Organic Products (pp. 103-122)


Annex I – Organic Input Producers for Fertility Management in India

Annex II – Directory of Vermiculture Resources

Annex III – Important Websites Related to Vermitechnology


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