Vetiver System: The Soil Healer


Soil disintegration is one of the biggest environmental issues confronting the earth today, and the North-Eastern district of India, with substantial rainfall, is especially affected. Vetiver Grass system is a well-established arrangement for the assurance of soil slants from disintegration. It is utilized for this reason in more than 100 nations all through Asia, Africa, and America, where it is an easy, environmentally sustainable, and community-friendly arrangement.

 Why this method?

Conventional hard engineering interventions that mean to legitimately diminish disintegration are exorbitant and ecologically harmful. Thus vetiver, a C4 plant, has held up as a fantastic green solution to this circumstance.

Vetiver, a plant elevated to preserve soil and water for agribusiness by the World Bank, advanced in the last part of the 1990s has turned into a significant soil bioengineering tool. The foundations of vetiver develop quickly and can accomplish a profundity of 3m in one year. Vetiver can fill in unfavourable soil conditions and outrageous climatic conditions. The vetiver grass arrangement has become a field tried, affordable, environment, and community-friendly, and manageable framework for disintegration control on slants and in drainage networks.

Effect of vetiver grass on erosion control:

The event of disintegration involves the following three phenomena:

1. Sub airborne arrangement:- 
Vetiver canopy scatters raindrop energy and reduces wind disintegration.
Stems lessen run-off erosion
2. Molecule entrainment:- 
Submerged overhang and stems diminish close bank stream speed, damps disturbance, and scatters wave energy.
The root framework truly restraints soil molecules.
3. Mass collapse:- 
The root framework diminishes overabundance pore pressures, and impede pushing off totals of soil.

Slope stability and root strength:

Shallow slips of 1-1.5 m, involve most of the issues particularly in locales with prolonged and high precipitation. To handle this issue, the vetiver is used to reinforce the surficial 1-1.5 m layer that is vulnerable to slippage.
When vetiver roots associate with the soil in which it is grown, another composite material with roots of high rigidity is formed. Vetiver roots strengthen soil by the move of shear pressure in the soil grid to tensile incorporations. At the point when the thick and huge root networks act as one, they take after the conduct of soil nails ordinarily utilized in structural engineering works.


The vetiver plant fits well in the high precipitation Assamese atmosphere and the red sandy dirt of the slopes and sandy waterway bank. Vetiver can play a significant part in the feasible administration of foundation by controlling the disintegration of road batters, bridge approaches, high dikes, streets without cross seepage, mountain streets, and so forth in a prudent and climate neighbourly way. Vetiver ingests about 30% more CO2 from the environment. In this way, it is an extraordinary device for the decrease of an Earth-wide temperature boost and an undertaking of the road designing society to go for green roads.

WRITTEN BY: Mihir & Samit


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