Spices are products of aromatic plants that grow mainly in the tropics. The word “spices” also includes product that are more precisely called herbs, aromatic seeds or seasoning blends. Spices like garlic (Allium sativum), ginger (Zingiber officinale), pepper (Piper nigrum), onion (Allium cepa) has been the most common spice in our locality.
A group of young researchers were interested to put up a study on what spices could contribute to the daily lives of the people. Their purpose is to produce radical pesticide from garongin and find out if the pesticide produced is comparable to the commercial one in terms of effectively to kill pests and a good source of an organic pesticide with an affordable price, especially to the farmers which can hardly afford the commercial one.
The researchers prepared all the ingredients that were needed. They chopped the garlic, sliced the onion, minced the ginger, and crush the pepper into powder form. Then the spices were added into a glass of water and mixed it thoroughly. Lastly, the mixture was placed into a pesticide spray container.
Garongin pesticide and the commercial one – specifically Malathion – has high quality but they differ in applicability. The commercial pesticide is expensive, harmful to human, makes the soil acidic and pollutes the ground water while Garongin is cheap, environmental friendly and non-pollutant.
The project itself can be a product of industry and resourcefulness of researchers in finding ways to consume spices and avoids polluting our environment.