GOVERNMENT OF TAMILNADU
DEPARTMENT OF SERICULTURE

Use of Press Mud

                             Press Mud is a by-product of sugar industry. For every 100 tonnes of sugarcane crushed about 3 tonnes of press mud cake is left behind as by-product. It has been estimated that 2.7 million tonnes of press mud is produced every year in our country. Press mud contains trace quantity of micronutrients and prevents soil erosion, crusting and cracking, adjust soil pH, improves drainage and promotes normal bacterial and microbial growth in the soil. It is used as both soil reclamant as  well as soil conditioner. Press mud is the most economic soil reclamant for red loamy soil. It should be broadcasted followed by ploughing and irrigation. Application of press mud at 40MT/ha is reported to reduce the pH of red loamy soil from 8.55 to 7.60