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How to make an Indigenous Microorganism (IMO2)

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bury your cooked rice under the bamboo groove, then cover with dried bamboo leaves

Find a good spot to capture your indigenous microorganism (IMO). When you say indigenous, it means is it found locally. Your bamboo groove, and forest floors away from human traffic are two perfect spot to get them.  Your IMO are your farm’s good guys, so you try to multiply them to fight the bad guys. Bad guys are the microorganisms that cause plant’s diseases, putrefaction of composts, foul smell of livestock’s wastes.

Here’s how I do it.

1. One-half kilo of rice will yield  1 kilo cooked rice. Make sure you cooked it hard, with less moisture.

2. Place in a bamboo stump then cover with Manila paper and seal with plastic to protect from rain.

3. Bury half-way under the bamboo groove  or shady forest floor for three (3) days on sunny days and five (5) days on rainy days. Make sure it is also covered with dead leaves. IMO especially thrives on dead bamboo leaves.

4. After 3 days, open your containers and you will notice white molds on top of the rice. Other colors like orange are a good sign that you caught the good ones. A large presence of black and green molds means you had to start the process all over again. This is your IMO1.

5. Weigh your finished rice with molds and add the same amount of molasses, mixed thoroughly. You are feeding your IMO so they will further multiply.

6. Cover with Manila paper, or any plain paper will do. Seal tighly and store on a cool, dark place for seven (7) days.

7. After 7 days decant the liquid from the mud-like sludge. This is your IMO2, looking like a witch brew. It is because your good guys are alive!

do not cover the IMO for a few days more after harvest, unless you want it to burst up your ceiling!

Written by Veni

March 7, 2011 at 12:04 pm

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  1. i tried to make my first IMO, after 3 days ive noticed a mixture of same amount of black and white molds. do i have to start over?

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    bonz

    October 5, 2011 at 8:20 am

  2. Mam, Good Day. I didn’t try yet any process. If ever I want to try, Can I use brown sugar on all process like FPJ, FFJ, FAA instead of molasses.

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    Ben

    November 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm

  3. Mam,good day.Do i need to put water on the brown sugar?

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    topofthecrop

    December 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

  4. I am planning to start apiggery project n would like to use IMO. I am requesting for guidance on how to put up the stucture n more information on how to locally prepare IMO incase i don’t have a nearby forest or bamboo.
    .

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    okiria ben

    February 14, 2013 at 1:26 am

  5. My IMO did not bubble as shown in the mixture but mold are still growing on it after I mixing molasses on fermented rice?..

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    Vincent

    February 19, 2013 at 12:52 am

  6. hi mam veni are you living in pasacao cam sur this days ?
    Im from naga and very much inrested in your IMO are u connected with CSSAC / CBSUA po
    ?

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    dryiced

    September 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

  7. Maam veni,im from pili cam sur.i have a poultry farm and i was advised to use imo on chicken manure to eliminate odor.i will be making imo myself but for the meantime since its urgently needed can i buy imo from you?thanx a lot.

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    nerissa ngo

    September 21, 2013 at 3:27 pm

  8. how about making IMO5?

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    john does

    October 29, 2013 at 1:04 pm

  9. i tried to make IMO over and over but failed because it was dominated by black mold and a little bit of white mold…. i have tried different locations but in vein…. what should i do???

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    Ajay Barwani

    September 23, 2014 at 1:30 am

  10. Mahalo!

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    Puhi

    November 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

  11. good day is the imo capable as fly repellant?

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    antoniotangayan

    June 14, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    • in a poultry area in which there are alot of blue flies

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      antoniotangayan

      June 14, 2015 at 4:57 pm

  12. Boss, I’m a newbie… how can i use IMO in free range chicken layering?

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    Yuan

    August 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

  13. hi sire, i really not good in English, and some of the materials or the ingredients that needed in making IMO2 i cant understand. if you can speak tagalog please translate it.

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    jay

    August 10, 2015 at 9:18 am

  14. whta if we dont have a bamboo tree here in our place, where we can pud the bamboo stump?

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    jay

    August 10, 2015 at 9:19 am

  15. where can i get molasses?

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    jay

    August 10, 2015 at 9:21 am

  16. good day po, “do not cover the IMO for a few days more after harvest, unless you want it to burst up your ceiling!” meaning to say after mixing the finished rice with molds with molasses then the container must not yet be cover for a few days lets say 2-3days? then after this process proceed to step 6.

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    jojo

    October 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm

  17. This blog is great! hmmm is it still active :- )

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    Glen

    June 27, 2016 at 9:34 pm

  18. Good day po maam, may I know po if pwedi bumili nalang ng IMO2?I am from Pampanga, well if the is possible lang. Medyo wala napo kasi bamboo dito. thank you

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    Glen

    July 11, 2016 at 12:17 am

  19. am teddy Aceng from uganda wheduce the bad odur in poultry and piggery. thanks so much i learnt how how to make imo without any difficultiesn i discovered how to make imo , i realised it is a very effective and cheap method to reduce bad odur in poultry and piggery

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    aceng teddy tel 0788655672

    November 15, 2016 at 3:16 am

  20. am lokutae David from Uganda ndejje university thanks but how can i make molasses, locally

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    lokutae david mark

    October 23, 2018 at 9:10 pm


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