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Puri Jagannadh Has A Message For Campers

Team VC |Thursday, 15 Dec 2022 - 5:11 PM

Liger director Puri Jagannadh YouTube podcast Puri Musings Humus Latest episode
Liger director Puri Jagannadh YouTube podcast Puri Musings Humus Latest episode

As part of his podcast, ‘Puri Musings,’ the Tollywood filmmaker talks about campfires and how it affects humus in the soil

The organic component humus plays an important role by ensuring the healthy growth of yield and keeping the soil fertile. In the latest episode of Puri Jagannadh’s ‘Puri Musings’ YouTube podcast, the filmmaker took the responsibility of educating the listeners about the importance of humus and how bonfires/campfires can ruin its components.

“I would like to tell you about humus in the soil. Humus is a black or brown-coloured organic material that forms in the soil. Over a period of time, leaves start to decompose after shedding from plants (leaf litter). Animals die and/or insects die in nature and they all decompose together in the soil and form humus. The chemicals from these organisms provide the nutrients that soil needs. Even plants and minute microbes depend on humus for their survival,” said Puri. 

The Liger director further broke down the composition of humus and the rich elements it offers. Puri continued, “Usually, humus forms naturally, but more often than not, our practice of composting can also produce organic humus. Farmers in villages have adapted this process and often retain garbage pits for the same purpose. These pits produce the majority of minerals such as nitrogen, phosphorus, sulphur, calcium, and potassium, all of which are required for the healthy growth of plants.” 

After educating his subscribers about humus, Puri suggested people who seek warmth from campfires and bonfires this winter follow a regime that doesn’t harm humus. 

“I'm not here to ask you to follow composting, but to request not to ruin humus in the soil. We organise bonfires to seek warmth during these chilly winters. But, not everyone knows that such fires tend to destroy the humus in the soil. Akin to the human skin, humus is also burnt upon contact with fire. To sum it up, humus is our earth's skin, and I ask people to choose one specific spot for such campfires and the usage of iron sheets as the base, instead of starting a bonfire on the soil. Iron sheets or fireproof sheets that are available online will save the soil in your backyard. Start using such sheets, and I request you not to destroy the humus in the soil in a span of ten minutes when it takes a long time to form.”

The Temper director concluded by describing the meaning behind the Latin word humus, which translates to ‘earth’ in English. Tune in to the podcast below.

Updated date:  Thursday, 15 Dec 2022 - 6:02 PM

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