What we are doing to the environment is but a mirror reflection of what we are doing to ourselves and to one another
- Mahatma Gandhi
PHYTOCIDE FOR TACKLING THE WATER HYACINTH PROBLEM
Most water bodies in India have been taken over by a plant species popularly called Water Hyacinth (Eichornia crassipes). When not controlled, water hyacinth covers lakes and ponds entirely, with its environmental invasiveness. This chokes waterways, dramatically impacts water flow, blocks sunlight from reaching other aquatic plants, and starves the water of oxygen, often killing the fish, frogs, turtles and other aquatic animals. The plants also create a prime habitat for mosquitoes. This species has rapidly spread throughout inland and coastal freshwater bays, lakes, and marshes and are a major hindrance to navigation as well..
Traditionally, Water hyacinth has been removed physically, manually or by using specialized machinery. But since the plants reproduce both sexually and vegetatively, left-over seeds as well as portions of stems or roots result in the rapid proliferation of new plants and the infestation becomes as bad as it was before removal within three months!
Tackling the Water Hyacinth Problem with PHYTOCIDE-90 :
The water hyacinth choking rivers, waterways and water bodies can be easily eradicated in a three phase programme.
PHASE 1 : This consists of spraying PHYTOCIDE-90, a proprietary organic reagent developed by Ecohealth Produts Pvt Ltd. This will immediately stop the proliferation of Eichornia within three hours. The water hyacinth in the sprayed area withers and dies. This destruction is not caused by any toxicity in the reagent. On the contrary, totally organic components go into the preparation of PHYTOCIDE, which totally absorbs the Chlorophyll in the leaves and stems. Without chlorophyll, the plant is unable to prepare food and so whithers and dies.
Three to four days after the spraying operation is completed, the dead Eichornia plants can be dragged out of the water using a hook-drag system or suitable dredging equipment. The dead Eichornia can be converted into excellent natural fertilizers.
PHASE 2 : Once the bulk of the water plant is cleared, further proliferation and growth can be thwarted by a second spraying of PHYTOCIDE-90. With this the plants’ seed and spores are permanently destroyed preventing future regeneration. Phytocide-90 therefore provides a permanent solution to the Eichornia.
PHASE 3 : Lightly spray PHYTOCIDE-90 once in three months for 2 years to ensure complete destruction of Eichornia and to eschew re-infestatiioon due to influx of shoots or spores from upstream.
PHYTOCIDE-90 is a neem oil-based organic formulation that acts as a weedicide and herbicide. The active ingredient is Azadirachtin. It is food grade, non-toxic and safe for humans, animals and regular plants while being tough on weeds and harmful herbs. It kills the plants not through toxicity but by absorbing chlorophyll in the leaves and stems. Without chlorophyll, the plants cannot manufacture their own food and as a result, the tend to wither and die. This makes PHYTOCIDE extremely safe for human beings and aquatic creatures like fishes, frogs, tadpoles, etc. The safety of this reagent places it in a class above conventional inorganic weedicides, which are normally corrosive and extremely harmful to humans and animal life.