Swiss Organic Spray

What is Swiss Organic Spray (SOS)?

  • SOS is an organic spray developed with Homeopathic Principles
  • It helps in preventing considerable damage to crops from insect pests
  • It can be used as preventive measure against fungal pathogens causing blights and rots of many horticultural and agricultural crops
  • SOS is a multipurpose organic spray which is a repellent bio- pesticide, fungicide, growth promoter and soil conditioner

How Does SOS Work Against Insect Pests?

  • It acts as REPELLENT against many insect pests due to its odour and ingredients
  • SOS acts as an ANTIFEEDENT: Many insects don’t eat plant parts sprayed with SOS. It also kills the hunger in insect pests.
  • SOS disrupts the growth cycle of insects
  • SOS inhibits reproduction in insects, which results in low populations and lower crop damage.
  • Insects are not able to breed or lay eggs on plants sprayed with SOS.

Why Use Swiss Organic Spray (SOS)?

  • It is an environment-friendly product
  • It is absorbed by plant parts and does not pollute air, water, and soil
  • It can be used against various insect pests and diseases in organically grown horticultural and agricultural crops
  • It reduces the cost of spray as insect pests and pathogens are not able to adapt to the ingredients of SOS
  • It can be used in an integrated pest management (IPM) system

 

The spray mixture is brown chocolate colour in salty base
 SOS can be used against Insect pests such as Aphid, White fly, Thrips, Caterpillars, Stem Borers¸ Leaf miner, Jassid, Lal bhundi, and Fruit fly on various horticultural and agricultural crops 

SOS can also be used against fungal diseases such as leaf spots, blights, powdery mildews, downy mildews, and rots of many horticultural and agricultural crops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recommended spray doses and timings

Crops

Insect-pests and diseases

Spray dilution ratio and timings

cabbage, spinach (palak). lettuce, broccoli, Cauliflower, carrot, radish, turnip. peas, onion, garlic

PestsAphid, , thrips, leaf miner cut worms, stem borer, caterpillar, walan wali sundi 
Diseasesblack spots, Alternaria blight, downy mildew, Purple blotch, powdery mildew

1: 100
Spray at 10-15 days interval

potato, tomato, chillies

Pests: Jassid, Aphid, caterpillar, white fly 
Diseases: early blight, late blight, leaf spot, leaf curl

1: 80
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

Muskmelon, water melon, chappan kadu, ghia kadu, bitter gourd, petha, tinda

PestsLal bhundi, aphid, thrips, fruit fly 
DiseasesPowdery mildew, downy mildew, blight

1: 80
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

Mustard, toria, groundnut, sunflower, soybean

PestsAphid, , thrips, leaf miner cut worms, caterpillars, walan wali sundi
DiseasesAlternaria blight, early leaf spot, late leaf spot, downy mildew, rust

1:100
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

Gram, pigeon pea (arhar), moong bean, mash

PestsAphid, cut worms, caterpillars
Diseases:Blight, leaf spots

1: 80
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

Wheat, rice, cotton

PestsAphid, cut worms, caterpillars, American sundi, white fly
DiseasesAlternaria blight, blast, leaf spots

1:100
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

Grapes, guava, citrus, strawberry, mango, ber, banana, papaya 

DiseasesAnthracnose, Cercospora leaf spot, powdery mildew, scab, fruit rot and fruit drop, black spot

1:100
Spray at 10-15 days interval   

NOTE: For dilution ratio of 1: 80. mix 200 ml of SOS with 16 liters of water
  For dilution ratio of 1: 100. mix 160 ml of SOS with 16 liters of water

*A periodic spray with SOS is the best way to prevent or greatly reduce damage from insect-pests and diseases. 
Directions for Use of SOS

  • Mix SOS thoroughly in water before spray
  • Prepare fresh mixture before every spray
  • Start spraying it at pest or disease appearance as it is most effective in the early stages 
  • Spray at 7 to 10 days interval
  • Spray SOS during evening time

 

Comparison between Chemical Insecticides and Swiss organic Spray

 

Chemical
Swiss Organic Spray
Harmful for Humans, animals and Birds. Not harmful for Humans, Birds and Insects.
Kills friendly insects also. Destroyes only the enemy insects.
Insects have adapted themselves to these chemical pesticides and recurrent sprays have added poison in our current food chain. Insects are not able tadapt themselves to the SOS and thereby it reduces the cost and recurrent need to spray again.
The chemicals are absorbed by Air, water and Earth and therefore pollute them and affecting our life cycles as well. SOS is environment Friendly Product and does not create pollution.
Destroyes the nutrient value of Food Crop and which in turn fails to find suitable minatory value in the International Market. SOS helps in retaining the Nutrient Value of the food crop thereby increasing the monetary value of the Food grain in the International Market.

 

Other Properties

Operator safety 
Ease of handling and use 
Flexible integration into farming methods.

Fungicidal for

Potato

  • Late Blite- Early Blite –Scab-Pited Scar-Deap  Scab-Shalow Scab- Fusarium Dry Rot-Pythum Leak-Scletotium Rolfsii-Stem Rot.
  • Virus of Potato- Patato- Leaf Role
  • Virus –Potato Virus X- Potato Virus Y
  • Wart Disease of Potato

 

Tea

Fungal Diseases of Tea

BLISTER BLIGHT caused by the fungus Exobasidium 
Vexans

The fungus attacks young succulent growth on all teas especially when the environment is foggy, moist and 
Cool. It is characterized by blister like lesions on the leaves.

GREY BLIGHT AND DIE BACK OF SHOOTS,caused by Pestalotiopsis theae

Brown zonate leaf blight caused by Ceuthospora lauri

Bud blight caused by Phoma theicola

Anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum theae-sinensis

bird's-eye spotcharacterized by dark, round spots surrounded by lighter tissue.

Black root rot caused by Rosellinia arcuata

Dieback caused by Leptothyrium theae
Leaf scab caused by Elsinoë theae
Net blister blight caused by Exobasidium reticulatum
Red leaf spot caused by Phoma theicola
Red rust (alga) caused by Cephaleuros virescens. It is characterized by a rusty appearanceof the leaves or twigs
Sclerotial blight caused by Sclerotium rolfsii
White spot caused by Phyllosticta theifolia

Rice

  • Blast of Basmati Rice –Leaf Blite
  • Helmintho Sprium –Long Disease of rice

 

Ingredients

  • TARENTULA -CUBENIS CUBIN SPIDER
  • LECITHIN
  • LACHESIS
  • APIS MELLIFICA -THE HONEY BEE
  • NAJA
  • ACONITE EXCIPIENT

USE OF HOMEOPATHIC FORMULATIONS  IN TEA CULTIVATION: SWISS ORGANIC SPRAY

Anjali Pathak

Swiss Organic Spray is a homeopathic broad spectrum spray in which highly diluted and potentized homeopathic medicines are used as active ingredients.  This spray has been developed by Dr. R. P. Shukla of Khanna, Punjab who has been in the field of homeopathy for the past 31 years. These medicines are active against parasites, viruses and insects but not detectable in lab analysis. For detection different mother tinctures are used in different ratios.  Homeopathic natural pesticides strengthen a plant’s own vital force, balances the soil pH and works at solving the problem through a holistic approach.

Today, of the chemical pesticides that are being used on fields, farms and plantations, less than 1% reach the target organism. The rest end up contaminating the soil, air, water, plants and animals. Furthermore while farmers and growers are using three times the agricultural chemicals today than they did fifty years ago, we are still losing one third of our crops to pests and diseases which is about the same as fifty years ago. A new approach to the problem of pest and diseases in agriculture is thus needed.

The harmful effects of chemically grown crops are as follows:

i)Contamination of soil and food

ii)Depletion of ground water and its contamination

iii)Bad effect on health of humans, poultry and livestock

iv)Increasing costs of chemical inputs

v)Mutations of various pests and organisms leading to a loosing battle against pest attack

vi)Reduction in the population of micro flora, humus content and natural predators

In the past fifty years, the intensive use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides has depleted the soil and water resources and has impacted the heath of consumers, leading to an increase in the incidence of diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease and allergies. Organic farming is the need of the day to preserve human health and the environment.

The main objectives of organic farming are:

i)Enhance biological diversity within the ecosystem

ii)Increase soil biological activity

iii)Maintain long term soil fertility

iv)Recycle plant and animal waste

v)Rely on renewable resources

vi)Promote healthy use of soil, water and air and minimize all forms of pollution

vii)Handle agricultural products with emphasis on carful processing methods in order to maintain organic integrity and vital qualities of the product at all stages

These objectives can be attained by using eco-friendly remedies such a homeopathic formulations for controlling various pests and diseases that affect agriculture.

Homeopathic natural pesticides have enormous potential as follows:

i)Preservation of natural ecology

ii)Low cost

iii)Do not damage predators and beneficial soil organisms

iv)Pollution factor is zero

v)Safe for humans, livestock and plants

vi)No crop residues

viii)Easy storage as it is non-flammable

viii)Do not injure micro flora and fauna

ix)Ideal for aerial spray

x)Restore damaged soils and help build healthy soils for healthy crops

Mode of action: Homeopathic natural pesticides are contact and systemic pesticides. They cause suffocation which results in the mortality of the pest. They also act as insect repellents and growth regulators.

It can take between 24 hours to seven days for the results to show in the field. A lot depends on the type of insects being targeted and the severity of infestation.

Comparison between chemical sprays and Swiss organic spray

Chemical sprays

Swiss Organic spray

Harmful for humans, birds and animals

Neutral for humans, bird and animals

Kills friendly insects also

Destroys only the harmful insects

Insects have adapted themselves to these chemical pesticides and recurrent sprays have added poison in our current food chain

Insects are not able to adept to the Swiss organic spray. Therefore heavy, repeated spraying is not needed

The chemicals are absorbed by air, water and earth leading to pervasive pollution and affecting the life cycle of humans as well

It is environment friendly and does not create pollution

Destroy the nutrient value of crops and lowers values of agricultural produce in the international market

It helps in retaining the nutrient value of food crops thereby increasing their value in the international market

 

Salient features of Swiss Organic Spray:

i)It is a multipurpose spray which is a biopesticide, fungicide, growth promoter and soil conditioner rolled into one

ii)It acts as a repellent against many pests due to its odour and active ingredients

iii)It acts as an antifeedant for insects. Many insects do not eat plants sprayed with this organic spray.

iv)It disrupts the growth cycle of insects

v)It inhibits reproduction in insects which results in lower insect populations and thus lower crop damage

vi)Insects are not able to breed or lay eggs on plants sprayed with this organic spray

vii)It can be used against aphids, white fly, thrips, caterpillars, stem borers,leaf miners, jassids, fruit fly, loopers, red spider mite, helopeltis etc.

viii)It can also be used against fungal diseases such as leaf spots, blights, powder mildew, downy mildew, and rots

Dilution: Swiss Organic Spray needs to be used as a 1% solution. Simply dissolve 1 litre of Swiss Organic Spray in 100 litres of water and spray directly on the crops.

Periodicity of application

Swiss organic spray should be applied at seven to ten day intervals for best results

Time of application

It is best to spray this just before sunset or early in the morning at sunrise

Composition of Swiss Organic  Spray

Name of component

Physical state of component

Percent addition (%)

Tarentula cubenis

Liquid

14 to 24

Lecithin

Liquid

18 to 27

Lachesis

Liquid

20 to 22

Apis mellifica

Liquid

16 to 25

Naja

Liquid

17 to 23

Aconite excipient

Liquid

15 to 25

 

Method of preparation

All the above ingredients are blended in the given proportion by the use of a blending vessel to formulate a concentrated solution. 30% of this concentrated solution is finally dispersed in 70% of water to formulate the Swiss Organic Spray.

Use of Swiss Organic Spray by Indian tea industry:

Dr. R. P. Shukla has been working on the role of homeopathy in  agriculture for the past eight years. His focus was mainly on cotton , wheat , paddy, vegetables and fruits. Since the last two  years  he has been in close contact with tea gardens in West Bengal,  and in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh. Dr. Shukla has closely observed the effect of homeopathic medicines on tea bushes especially on fungal diseases. 

 Traditionally tea planters have been using fungicides which are synthetic poisons and are harmful for the plants and soil  while contaminating the whole atmosphere. When growers spray these  synthetic chemicals on plants, only 2% is absorbed by plants and the remaining  98% contaminates  the soil, air and water. The major fungal diseases of tea are given below:

i)Blister blight caused by the fungus Exobasidium Vexans

The fungus attacks young succulent growth on all teas especially when the environment is foggy, moist and cool. It is characterized by blister like lesions on the leaves.

ii)Grey blight and dieback of shoots caused by Pestalotiopsis theae

iii)Brown zonate leaf blight caused by Ceuthospora lauri

iv)Bud blight caused by Phoma theicola

v)Anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum theae-sinensis

bird’s-eye spot, characterized by dark, round spots surrounded by lighter tissue.

vi)Black root rot caused by Rosellinia arcuata

vii)Dieback caused by Leptothyrium theae

viii)Leaf scab caused by Elsinoë theae

ix)Net blister blight caused by Exobasidium reticulatum

x)Red leaf spot caused by Phoma theicola

xi)Red rust (alga) caused by Cephaleuros virescens. It is characterized by a rusty appearance of the leaves or twigs

xii)Sclerotial blight caused by Sclerotium rolfsii

xiii)White spot caused by Phyllosticta theifolia

Swiss organic spray has been used in the tea gardens of the Islampur area of North Bengal, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh and in the tea growing areas of north Sikkim.  The results achieved with Swiss Organic Spray in all these areas were encouraging and satisfactory.

Swiss Organic Spray has been certified as an organic product by NOCA. A patent has been applied for and is pending. It is being used successfully by 50,000 farmers in south India and 30,000 farmers in eastern India. The tea industry can give it a fair trial in the tea gardens. Small growers can also benefit from using it.  It is sure to produce good results in a short span of time by reducing crops losses and improving green leaf production.

Dr. Anjali Pathak is a naturopath and organic farming consultant  who has worked with the growers and the planters of the northeast and the Nilgiris.  She uses indigenous methods including those of vrikshayurveda in her work.  She may be contacted at (0522) 2333523; 09450540363; e-mail:amaralata@gmail.com.

She also has an informative website on organic farming: www.naturalorganicfarming.com