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Ajola: Green boon for farmers and animal keepers


Azolla is a fern floating on the water level. It is tolerant of hot temperatures. Most of it is used as animal feed. Apart from this, it is also used as green manure. Due to its many benefits, its cultivation proves to be a green boon for farmers and livestock farmers. Let us get to know more about the benefits of Azolla through this post.

benefits to farmers

  • Benefits of cultivating Azolla, it can be cultivated in both Rabi and Kharif seasons.

  • It is also easily cultivated on the surface of the water.

  • Due to its quick preparation, it can be produced on a large scale.

  • Azolla contains 3.5 percent nitrogen and many types of organic matter which is necessary to increase the fertilizer power of the soil.

  • Small weeds like Nitella, etc. can be controlled by using Azolla in the paddy field.

  • Its use reduces the need for chemical nitrogen in the field.

  • The water drawn from Azolla beds can be used to irrigate vegetable plants. This increases the production of vegetables and fruits.

benefits to animal owners

  • It is a digestible and nutritious food for animals.

  • Its consumption increases the milk production capacity of the animals.

  • It is also rich in protein, amino acids, vitamin A, vitamin B12, beta-carotene along with calcium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, magnesium, etc.

  • 4 to 5 times more protein content is found in Azolla as compared to Rijka and Napier grass.

  • The amount of fat in the milk of animals consuming Azolla is high.

  • It is also useful in the prevention of infertility in animals.

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We hope this information will prove to be important for you. In our upcoming post, we will share some important information related to the cultivation of Azolla. If you liked this information, then like this post and also share it with other farmers and livestock owners. So that other farmers and livestock owners can also get proper benefits by cultivating it. Ask us your questions related to this through comments. Stay connected with the countryside for more information related to animal husbandry and agriculture.

Somnath Gharami

Dehaat Expert

21 September 2021

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