Kokrajhar, July 20: A seed ball broadcast drive was conducted by 135 Inf Bn (TA) Eco Assam at Upendra National Academy at Bishmuri on Friday to create awareness of this technique. A total of 10 teachers and 150 students actively participated in the event. A lecture was also delivered to explain about the techniques and benefits of seed ball broadcast. During the awareness on seed balls plantation, Silikha (125), Behera (68), Imli (165), Gamari (95), Segun/Teak (70), Suveval (88) were planted.
Seed balls, also known as ‘Earth balls’ consists of a variety of different seeds rolled within a ball of clay is not well known to all. Various additives may be included such as humus or compost. These are placed around the seeds at the centre of the ball to provide microbial inoculants. Cotton fibers or liquefied paper are sometimes mixed into the clay in order to strengthen it. Liquefied paper is also mash coated on the outside to further protect the clay ball during sowing.