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Part-2 Fermented Fish Waste (Gunapaselam)
Preparation of Fermented Fish Waste:
• 1kg fish,
• 1kg Jaggery
• For 1 kg of fish waste, add 1 kg of Jaggery.
• Bind the container's mouth with a piece of jute or cotton cloth to prevent the entry of flies and place the container out of the house and away from animals, as the bad smell of the preparation may be very appealing to them during the first four days.
• You have to stir the mixture once a day on the 5th day and during the next 20 - 30 days.
• You will notice how the smell changes from bad to sweet during this time.
• The solution will be fermented on the 10th day, but you can keep it 15-20 days longer. You can judge by the smell: the solution is ready to use when the smell disappears!
• Decant the solution with a strainer and the filtrate looks like a honey-like syrup.
• Keep the filtrate in a glass jar or other covered container and close it tightly.
• The extract will remain in good condition for six months.
• If you use fresh fish in 1 "pieces, you can use them a second or third time to prepare a solution, but fish waste can only be used once. Every time you need to add an equal amount of Jaggery to the rest, fish and keep it for 15 - 20 days for fermentation.
Gunapaselam is an extremely good tonic for plants. It assists in plant growth that provides nitrogen (8%-10% of plant requirement). It is a rich source of amino acids, microbes, micro and macronutrients that also help to enhance soil fertility. It is proven to be effective both as a natural growth promoter and as a pest repellent.
Reference: AgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
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