India generates about 62 million tons of bio-waste every year. Average of 10 million tons of cow dung is generated every year in the ‘gaushalas’ of the country. About 11 million tons of press mud is generated from the sugar mills which has high nutrition value. The solution to tackle this waste was to either burn it or leave it untreated and unsegregated to decompose in its own time.
The situation became dire now that the landfills of the country started saturating and the pollution levels kept increasing because of irresponsible waste management. As a solution to it, National Centre of Organic Farming, Ghaziabad developed a product called Waste Decomposer.
Waste Decomposer is an organic product, made from the cow dung. It is basically the concentrated form of bacteria extracted from the cow dung which can increase the speed of decomposing of the organic waste. Apart from that, it also improves the health of soil within the matter of days instead of months.
The revolutionary product which can be used by anyone, from the municipal corporations, gardeners, farmers, housing societies to communities. The product that costs only 20 rupees, is a bottle of inactive bacteria which can be activated by providing them with water and jaggery. The solution that takes 7 days to get ready can then be used on its own to re-make it without having to purchase another bottle of decomposer or to make compost out of the wet waste produced anywhere. The wet waste that otherwise can take years to decompose, takes about 30 days to form a compost that can replace the chemical fertilisers in the soil. This can also save up to 60% of the input costs for the farmers. The waste solution can also improve the soil health by increasing the microorganism activity in the soil if it is released as it is on the ground.
The Waste Decomposer is a verified product which is being promoted by the government. It is being made available for the public to use at a nominal price. The corporates do not have anything to do with it as yet. However, their involvement in marketing it with their CSR budget can solve the waste management problems of the country while benefitting the farmers and helping them turn organic.
This article is part of a series on Organic and Inclusive Agriculture practices.
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