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Azolla Bed
(Protein Rich Economical Livestock/Poultry Feed)

Azolla is a unique freshwater fern that is one of the fastest growing plants on the planet due to its symbiotic relationship with a cyanobacterium (‘blue-green alga’) called Anabaena. Azolla‘s rapid growth makes it a potentially important sequester of the gas carbon which is converted directly into Azolla‘s biomass. Azolla acts as local livestock feed, biofertilizer and biofuel

Advantages:
  • Hosts a symbiotic blue green algae Anabaena azolle, which is responsible for the fixation and assimilation of atmospheric nitrogen.
  • Can double in size every several days under optimal nutrient and water temperate conditions.
  • Green manure plant for paddy agriculture for weed suppression and fertility (used extensively in organic duck and rice systems).
  • Nitrogen and mineral source for compost making.
  • 25-30% Protein, and low in lignin which makes it digestible to many animals, and it’s also nutritious.
  • Rich in essential amino acids, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin B12 and Beta- Carotene), growth promoter intermediaries and minerals like calcium, phosphorous, potassium, ferrous, copper, magnesium etc.
  • On a dry weight basis, it contains 25 – 35 percent protein, 10 – 15 percent minerals and 7 – 10 percent of amino acids, bio-active substances and bio-polymers.
  • Palatable to: ducks, chickens, pigs, cows, goats, sheep and rabbits and other animals.
  • Can increase milk production in cows by 15-20%.
  • Azolla is a nutrient feeder and prevents Algal blooms in farm dams, as a result keeping water more usable.
  • Can be easily harvested with a scoop net, or grown in enclosed, floating rings which can be pulled to the edge for easy harvest.
  • After initial collection/purchase, you get a lifetime supply.
Major Crops:

Widely used on crops like Field Crops, Vegetables, Fruits, Plantation, Aromatic, Spice, Commercial crops etc.

Materials Required for 12*4*1 (ft) Azolla bed
  • Azolla Bed
  • Fresh Water to fill 10-12 cm of bed
  • SSP (Single Super Phosphate) 50 gms
  • Livestock dung of approx. 5 Kg
  • Azolla plants of 0.5 Kg
  • Fresh soil of 15-20 Kg
  • Mixed micronutrients 50 gms
Azollabed Preparation& Procedure:
Day-1
  • Add 15-20 Kg soil to the bed as first input.
  • Add water to the soil ensuring its filled upto10-12 Cm of bed.
  • Apply 3-4 Kg of Livestock dung.
  • Apply Mixed micronutrients of 30-50 Gms.
  • Retain the bed in same condition for next 2 days (Day1, Day2, Day 3).
Day-4
  • Add Azolla mother culture of 0.5 Kg.
Day-10
  • Observation of azolla growth.
Day-14
  • Drain out 25-30% of total water.
  • Add 25-30% of fresh water.
  • Add 2-3 Kg of livestock dung.
Day-15
  • Add 30-50 gms of mixture of micronutrients.
Day-18
  • Observation of azolla growth.
Day-21
  • Estimation of azolla yield/production.
Day-22
  • Azolla ready to use as cattle/livestock/Poultry feed.
Features of Azollabed:
  • Durable, flexible and crack proof.
  • Cost effective.
  • Easy to manage and also for movement.
Precautionary Measures in Azollabed Preparation:
  • Use fresh water for better results.
  • Other raw materials to be used as per recommendation.
  • Maintain required shade and sunlight.
  • Suitable nutrients should be supplied, as and when, nutrient deficiency is noticed.
  • Plant protection measures against pests and diseases should be taken as and when required.
  • A fresh bed has to be prepared and inoculated with pure culture of Azolla, when contaminated by pest and diseases.
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