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The Correct way to Learn Vermiculture


Program:

Unit I.
Introduction to vermiculture.
His role in bio transformation of the residues generated by human activity and production of organic fertilizers. How does nature works. The matter and humus cycle (product, qualities). Ground population, transformation process in organic matter. Choosing the right worm.
Complementary activities of auto evaluation.

Unit II
Biology of Eisenia foetida.
a) Notions about anatomy, physiology and reproduction of Lumbricidae. b) Vital cycle of Eisenia foetida: alimentation, fecundity, annual reproducer potential and limit factors (gases, diet, humidity, temperature, PH, light, and climatic factors).
Complementary activities of auto evaluation.

Unit III
The bed (or substrata/environment) where worms are breed.
a) Criteria's for selection of materials to compost and points to take in count to obtain a good quality vermicompost.
b) Contribution capacity (number of worms by surface or volume) from different diets. Natural and artificial bed covers.
Complementary activities of auto evaluation.
Sectors pattern. Methodology confidence. Exercises.

Unit IV
Eisenia foetida breeding.
a) Breeding objectives and modalities. Vermiculture and his insertion in farming activity. Regional projects and perspectives integration.
b) Development of an Intensive red worms breeding place.
- Initial compost disposition, previous determinations to secure the bio stability (aptitude) of the initial bed. Remaining adaptation.
- Bed insemination and breeding evolution. Alimentation (the different food types and addition rhythms).
- Breeding conduction: periodic addition, food dosing, automatic insemination.
- Exploitation handling regarding the different breeding modalities (domestic, farm - industrial, solid urban residues treatment)
- Extraction (harvest), vermicomposite harvest and processing.
- Sickness and worm's enemies.
- Frequent problems. How to prevent and fix them.
Complementary activities of auto evaluation.

Unit V
Applied vermiculture.
a) The working group experience with E. Foetida populations comportment with farm industrial residues (frigorific, cow places, feed-lot, aviaries exploitations, and solid urban residues). b) Lineaments to vermicomposting elaboration projects.
c) Considerations about economical aspects of this activity.
Research and ratability according to different exploitation orientations (worm's meat production, worm's humus production, or integrated projects).
Complementary activities of auto evaluation.

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