Microbes in India: Cluster beans – Trial 2

At Microbz we work with partners all over the world. In Southern India, there is an inspirational organisation making a big difference. Social Change and Development (SCAD) is led by Cletus Babu and his wife Amali, and is dedicated to transforming the lives of people in poverty. Through their initiatives in education, health and agriculture – as well as organising more than 1 million women into savings groups – they have supported people in 600 villages to lift themselves out of poverty.

In 2012 we introduced the practice of brewing microbes to Cletus and his colleagues. They are committed to natural solutions and immediately saw the benefit of using microbial technology to help enhance their soils and grow crops in Tamil Nadu, which is notoriously arid. They began brewing.

Last year SCAD held a trial of the Microbz Soil Conditioner on 2 acres of cluster beans over three months. They applied Soil Conditioner to 1 acre and left 1 acre as a control area where no Soil Conditioner was applied. They found that where Soil Conditioner was applied there was 4% more germination and 10% more plants survived than in the control area. The plants were also on average 7.5cm taller in the area where microbes were applied. We are delighted to hear about the results of these experiments and to share them with you. Farmers in Tamil Nadu are now looking forward to relying less on soil degrading fertilisers to get good results.

Microbes applied plant flowering            Non-microbes applied plant flowering

Counting the number of plants that have survived in a 1sq meter plot