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India to convert organic waste into compost for agriculture

Staff writer |
As part of Prime Minister's Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission, India has set its eyes on processing 62 million tonnes of organic waste, generated in 4,000 cities, to convert it into compost for use in agriculture.

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The cabinet, which met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, decided to extend subsidy to city compost to the tune of Rs 1,500 per tonne, to encourage farmers to use it, instead of chemical fertilisers.

It will be sold to farmers initially through the fertiliser companies' network of their dealers and later through marketing entities selected by the state governments. Currently, just 1.5 million tonnes of organic waste is converted into compost.

Union minister for chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar said the government was hoping that just collection of this waste will generate millions of jobs.

The remnants of flowers offered in temples, fruits and other such products ending up choking drains and creating filth, hereafter, will be put to better use.

He said the subsidy to be given to the marketing entities is aimed at boosting up production of compost to convert the city waste into useful by-products, reducing need of landfills and preventing production of harmful greenhouse gases, especially methane, and toxic material that pollute groundwater apart from the environment.


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