Sunday, December 6, 2009
Satara and Panchgani Biochar use
I had been to Satara and Panchgani in the western part of Maharashtra to see the traditional practice of using biochar. Biochar and ash is the byproduct from traditional stoves. As it is a high rainfall area, the soils are red and use of ash and biochar (charcoal) from traditional stoves is of great value to the farmers. Each farmer uses their own domestic source of ash+biochar for improving the fertility of the soils along with farm yard compost. The straw berries and many other traditional and commercial crops greatly benefit from this practice. This practice is very old in the region.