Chinthala Venkata Reddy got a yield of 20 to 25 tonnes of Black Beauty seedless grape from his five-acre grape garden in Alwalwithout using any fertilizers. Mr. Reddy, an entrepreneurial farmer, got a world patent for his innovative technique of improving soil fertility without using fertilizer, took it as a challenge to prove that grass indeed is good for growing a grape garden. His technique is simple. He allows the grass to grow and at the drip points use some dung. The continuous drip of water combined with dung would allow earthworms to grow.
“The secret lies in the earthworms. These worms increase the soil fertility. When they die they would become compost and further improve the fertility. A healthy bed of grass would provide the natural habitat for earthworms to grow. I have proved that grass is indeed beneficial to a grape garden,” says Mr. Reddy."Farmers waste a lot of money on weedicides and thereby the pesticide residue in grapes would also grow causing harm to those who consume the fruit. Use natural methods to improve fertility and it would not only benefit the farmer but also the consumer,” he says.