Earthworms – Fishing worms
Earthworms are segmented worms classified under the class Oligochaeta of the phylum annelid of the group invertebrates. There are over 4,200 species of earthworms distributed throughout the World, of these 280 species are aquatic worms, known as microdrilli and 3,920 terrestrial earthworms, known as megadrilli. In India, there are about 509 species of earthworms, belonging to 67 genera. Besides this, more than 20 species from other countries have been introduced into India. These are known ’peregrines’.
Benefits of Earthworms
Earthworms are one of the best soil processors and builders of the planet, for their constant burrowing and vigorously eat the soil helps improve the soil’s nutrient, water holding capacity and increase mineral elements from the subsoil. Earthworms are also creating fertile channels; it is very helpful for plants root hair growth. Release soluble nutrients, neutralize soil’s acid or alkaline, which helps all kinds of plants growth so we called them ‘ecosystem engineers’.
They kill bad bacteria and help to increase good bacteria. Their gut is coated with beneficial microbes and bacteria, so which passes through earthworms gut and it’s reduced the composting time and break down organic matter into appropriate plant nutrients which helps the growth of pathogens. This means healthy soil and healthy plants and crop yield. Earthworms are commonly used for vermicomposting/ worm composting.
Vermi composting earthworms
Earthworms are commonly used for vermicomposting/ worm composting. Vermicomposting is a very first, natural, odourless, efficient and aerobic process to convert kitchen scraps, manure into a rich soil amendment using red worms, also known as red wigglers (Eisenia fetida) and manure worms. This process is much different from traditional composting, Vermicompost worms break down organic wastes, such as kitchen scraps, manure into castings. Earthworm casts are ready to use fertilizer; it is a rich treasure for gardeners. Vermicompost is richer in essential plant nutrients, such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and contains very essential microbes, so it is very useful for growing plants than traditional compost.
Vermicompost can be done on a small scale by homeowners with household organic wastes, on a large-scale by farmers with manure or by the food industry using organic wastes such as fruit and vegetable cull materials.
Fishing and pet food
Earthworms are also your best choice for your pets for unique protein source. It’s a great pet food for aquarium fish, chickens, birds, pet turtles, salamanders, lizards, frog and many other animals.
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