In a remarkable stride towards sustainable agriculture, the Indian Institute of Spices Research (IISR) has unveiled a pioneering solution in the form of a granular lime-based trichoderma bio-pesticide and fertilizer. Trichoderma, a beneficial fungus known for its biocontrol properties against various plant pathogens, has been harnessed in a unique formulation that incorporates lime for enhanced efficacy.
This novel bio-pesticide not only acts as a potent deterrent against pests but also serves as a fertilizer, enriching the soil with essential nutrients. The granular form ensures easy application and efficient distribution, making it a practical choice for farmers seeking environmentally friendly and economically viable alternatives.
Dr. Rajesh Kumar, the lead researcher at IISR, expressed enthusiasm about the project’s potential impact on agriculture. “Our goal was to develop a sustainable solution that addresses both pest management and soil health. The granular lime-based trichoderma bio-pesticide and fertilizer represent a significant leap towards achieving this dual objective,” he stated.
Farmers grappling with the challenges of conventional pesticides, which often pose environmental risks and degrade soil quality, can now look forward to a safer and more sustainable alternative. The IISR’s innovation aligns with the global shift towards eco-friendly agricultural practices and underscores the institution’s commitment to advancing science for the benefit of farmers and the environment alike.