Effect of Agnihotra on the Yield and Quality of Horticulture CropsHoma Organic Farming has a strong potential for increasing the yield and quality in plant production. It also seems to be capable of regulating insect infestation and fungal disease in crops in an ecologically sound manner. In addition, soil characteristics with significant effect on yield such as plant availability of nutrients appear to be improved by this technique.

Farming with Homa Therapy should be of particular interest for organic farmers, as it can be used as an extremely effective complementary method, together with regular organic farming practices.

To increase the yield and to improve the quality of Rose, Gerbera, Carnation, Potato, Cabbage under the organic farming system with Agnihotra. Trials were laid out in the farms of Institute of Commercial Horticulture, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India.

The experiments consisted of the following four treatments:

•T1 Organic farming system
•T2 Organic farming system + Agnihotra
•T3 Conventional
•T4 Absolute control

1.)  Trial with Rose Bush:

Table 1. Effect of Homa organic farming on growth and yield of Rose cv. Passion

Left: A healthy Rose (var. passion) from T2 Organic farming with Agnihotra trial.  Right: A conventional Rose from T3 Conventional farming trial, showing signs of mold and powdery mildew on leaves.

Table 2. Effect of Homa organic farming on the incidence of Powdery mildew of Rose var. Passion

Findings of Experiment:

  • Among the four treatments Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) in Rose recorded higher performance for fresh flower total weight 21.34 (g), Stalk length 88.98(cm), Flower diameter 7.54 (cm), No. of flowers/plant/year 28.80, and higher shelf life of flowers 16 (days) (Table 1).
  • Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) showed higher disease resistance in Rose

2.)  Trial with Carnation Flower:

Table 3. Effect of Agnihotra on growth and yield of Carnation var. Chipro

Above: Healthy Carnation flowers grown with T2 Organic Agnihotra Farming

Table 4. Effect of Agnihotra on the incidence of Fusarium wilt of Carnation var. Chipro
Carnation-tableAbove Right: Sickly roots on Carnation with Fusarium root rot on from T3 Conventional method

Findings of Experiment:

  • Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) in Carnation recorded higher performance for Plant height 95.43 (cm), stalk length 93.24(cm), Flower diameter 7.76(cm), Number of flowers/plant/year 9.78, Shelf life 14.43(days) compared to other treatments (Table 3).
  • In Carnation, Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) showed higher disease resistance (Table 4)

3.)  Trial with Gerbera Flower:

Table 5. Effect of Agnihotra on the growth and yield of Gerbera cv. Ruby Red
table5.JPGGerbera-DaiseyAbove:Remarkably healthy Gerbanas from T2 trial with Organic Agnihotra farming method. Virtually no sign of fusarium wilt on leaves.

Table 6. Effect of Agnihotra on the incidence of leaf spot and root rot of Gerbera cv. Ruby Red

Above Right: T3 Conventional Gerbena almost dead from fusarium wilt under same growing conditions

Findings of Experiment:

  • In Gerbera, Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) recorded higher performance for ALL measurements (Table 5).
  • In Carnation, Organic farming with Agnihotra (T2) showed higher disease resistance (Table 6)

4.)  Trial with Cabbage Plant:

Table 7. Effect of Agnihotra on yield and the incidence of leaf spot disease in Cabbage variety Questo

Cabbage-leaf-spot-mildewAbove left to right: Alternaria leaf spot on T3 Conventional cabbage plants; downy mildew on T3 cabbage plant

Homa-therapy-cabbageAbove: Healthy cabbage T3 Organic Agnihotra plant from the study, with no signs of leaf spot or mildew

Findings of Experiment:

  • With the Cabbage study, again T3 Agnihotra Organic farming performed the highest, with virtually no disease and highest yield.

In every study, organic farming with Agnihotra had the highest performance in every category. The results conclusively show that Agnihotra is a highly effective method for producing healthy, organic food without the need of pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides.