Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fermented Plant Juice (FPJ)

Often asked about probiotics.  If you read through the blog, you may use your search button, you will know why we use probiotics over antibiotics.  You can make you own.  We had been advocating natural farming and it entails making your own farm inputs.

We had been using FPJ for our chickens.  What is fermented plant juice?

Fermented plant juice (FPJ) is derived from mixing the young shoots of the plants with molasses and/or crude sugar and fermented in one (1) week.  FPJ is rich in micro and macro-nutrients.  The juice also contains rich microorganisms which give strength to plants and animals.  The shoots of plants are difficult to dissolve in water or any kind of oil but it can be done with a little amount of alcohol.  The process of fermenting the soft part of the plants with molasses/crude sugar and with the presence of microorganisms will result to a small percent of alcohol which is responsible in extracting the juice from the young parts of the plants.  The primary elements that FPJ can provide are nitrogen and some micro-nutrients like calcium, molybdenum, manganese, iron and carbon.

The part of the plants used for this fermentation is the shoot because it is this part that stores a high percentage of nutrients coming from the soil and from the atmosphere.  Moreover, plants used for FPJ are those that are fast growing such that, if you cut the shoot now, regeneration of a new part will take effect in a few hours.  We ourselves use:  Kamote, Squash, Kangkong, Alugbati, Banana, Bamboo.  You may use others with same characteristics and the ones readily available in your area.

The FPJ enhances growth and provides food for the indigenous microorganisms (IMO).  We add it to the drinking water of our chickens and spray it all around the farm on the seedlings, vegetable plots and fruit trees. 

How to make FPJ :)

1) Finely chop 2kgs of your available ingredients.  The 2kgs will be a combination of your gathered shoots of choice.

2) Mix with 1kg molasses or crude sugar.  We use molasses.

3) Place in a clay jar or plastic pail.  We use a plastic pail.  Put a rock on top of the chopped ingredients to weigh them down to make sure that they get soaked in sugar.

4) Next day, remove the rock (by now all ingredients are coated by molasses).  Cover your container with manila paper and tie a string around or have an elastic band around.

5) Set the container in a cool and dark or shaded place.  

6) On the 7th day, fermentation will be completed.  Harvest the liquid part and store in plastic bottles.  Set them in cool places.

7) Use 2T (tablespoons) per liter of water.  We use this for the Sunshine Chicken's drinking water.  This same concoction is used for spraying our vegetables and fruit trees.  No chemicals, no antibiotics :)

The leaves at the bottom of the pail, we feed to the chickens....they just love it!  Eating pickles!

BTW, great for humans too.  Gives me stamina for the day, while giving me a restful sleep at night.

32 comments:

  1. I mean can I include kakawate leaves in making FPJ?

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  2. Tanong ko lang po kung hanggang kailan ang potency ng IMO,FPJ,FFJ after collected?

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  3. Leon, just store it in a cool dry place, it lasts for long. Unless you have a shredder, it isn't easy making one big batch as it is tiring to chop :) We make a batch every week.

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  4. sir iclarify ko lang if i combine FPJ and IMO in a back pack sprayer and using a small can of sardines as measuring tool, should i used half can of FPJ and half can of IMO or one can of FPJ and one can of IMO?

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  5. Leon, you may do half and half. No worries, there is no overdose.

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  6. hello Sir,

    Recently, I did a study on FPJs (Kakawate, Kangkong leaves and Saba stem) for my thesis. It is actually used as a biological control agent against bacterial wilt of tomato in the field. It was a pioneer study and I also evaluated the microbial population dynamics in FPJs substrates. Actually, the potency of FPJs didn't last long, within a month, there was a drastic decline of microorganisms (fast- and slow-growing bacteria, yeasts, etc.). So I think, after that, it won't be very beneficial at all. You need to ferment another one.

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    1. hi..pd po ba makahingi ng result ng thesis mo about FPJ??
      ggamitin ko rin po sana as review of related literature sa study ko..

      eto po email add ko..

      vluvlesskid@yahoo.com

      u can post it also in my facebook using the same account..
      thank you in advance..

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  7. @ Yan, thank you for the information. Where are you based?

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  8. hello sir,
    ask ko lang po kung ano ang risk kapag ang ginawang ratio in making FPJ is 1kg chop banana trunks then 1.5 kg mollases

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  9. @kraeven, I don't think there is a risk, but the purpose is defeated. We want to get the enzymes from the fast growing plants to make our natural growth promotants. If we use just a few of the plants, then we are not getting the full benefits. PLUS molasses is the only ingredient we need to buy, so why use more than what is needed?

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  10. sir,
    meron na po bang study using fermented plant juice in growth performance of broilers. kung meron po, anu po ang nagimproved,

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  11. @kraeven, we use FPJ as our natural growth promotant and vitamins, instead of using commercially produced ones. That is a big factor for us, using no chemicals. Without any need for antibiotics and synthetic vitamins, our chickens are doing very good.

    We hope you can do the research on comparisons and let us know :)

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    1. pwede po bang muscovado sugar ang gamitin sa fpj instead molasses ? paano po ang gagawin pag yung muscovado sugar ang gamit?

      tnx . please reply po. godbless

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  12. sir,
    kung natural growth promotant po sya, possible po na magimproved nga ang growth performance of chicken.

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  13. Yes kraeven, it does very well without the need of synthetic vitamins :)

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  14. sir,

    pwede po bang maka-decompose ang FPJ?
    ano po bang mga bacteria na po-produce ng FPJ?

    thank you po sir....
    aljra

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  15. hi???if we will use fpj as probiotics do we need to apply an antibiotic together with the probiotics????

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  16. gud day sir,,, i've read ur article about fpj on the agriculture magazine...i am from batad iloilo sir and currently i'm a 3rd year bs agriculture student and we are preparing our research proposal..and we are planning to use fpj as a probiotics in our thesis and we will use it in chicken...can i ask some recommendations about some sites where i can i get reviews of related literatures regarding this matter???

    ill be glad if my request will be granted...tnx a lot ang more power..

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  17. hi, can i ferment a batch of FJP using only malunggay?

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  18. ..sir,can u give me another plants that can be use for FPJ?

    ..itthesis qo poh kc,nAguzthan qo po kc 2ng FPJ...

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  19. Hi Madam Solraya. Maaari bang malaman kung anong mga nutrients mayroon ang FPJ gaya ng NPK(nitrogen,phosphorus,potassiom) ratio na karaniwang mayroon ang commercial di-organikong abono?

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  20. ahhh paano po i market ang FPJ...,??? pwede po ba sya i pabili? ano po ang tamang packaging nya..,?? tnx po

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  21. Which Australian herbs and grasses can I use. Can you give me a list of them. I dont have malungay or camote for example so that will be hard to duplicate. Any help will be appreciated

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  23. can use moringa or kulitis with other plant shoots for fpj?

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  24. Hello po. pwede po bang spray ang FPJ and IMO sa mga cages ng native baboy, ducks and kambing?

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  25. Can i just ask if I will use kangkong as my raw material,will i include the leaves or just the stem? need your reply ASAP. Thank you :)

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  26. sir,gud pm. pwede makahingi ng research proposal ng fpj coz im planning to conduct thesis about fpj.pls help me.salamat

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  27. hello po..i just wana ask lng po kung pwede din pong idilute ang IMO sa drinking water ng chicken..and f u know some sites po, citing studies about FPJ and IMO as growth regulator..cud u pls help me find some?thanks..

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