Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his latest monthly talk show ‘Mann Ki Baat’ lauded an imperative initiative, which is changing the horizon of the Indian agriculture ecosystem with groundbreaking Agro-Waste technology.
The Prime Minister gave the example of the “Sukhet Model”, which is being carried out by Dr. Rajendra Prasad Agricultural University in Samastipur, Bihar. Under the initiative, dung and other household waste are collected from the farmers of the village, and in return, the villagers get cooking gas cylinders.
To gain more insights about this gumption, PBNS interacted with the Vice-Chancellor of the Dr. Rajendra Prasad Agriculture University, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Srivastava.
Dr. Srivastava is a Ph. D holder from IIT Kharagpur and has a service career that spans over 4 decades, during which he held several prestigious positions like Principal Scientist, Programme Leader, Senior Scientist among others.
“ If we are able to implement Sukhet Model in all villages of Bihar, the initiative can generate an annual wealth of over 10,000 crores,” Dr. Sviastava informed.
Further Dr. Srivastava deliberated on four major objectives of the program,” One, the village is freed from pollution; the second is that the village is freed from filth, the third is that the money for the LPG cylinder goes to the villagers and the fourth is that the farmers of the village get bio-fertilizer.”
Under Sukhet Model, the collected dung and waste are converted into ‘vermicompost’ which basically happens when worms decompose waste and make it nutrient-rich (worm manure).
The initiative’s manifold benefits are not only limited to benefiting farmers but it has also imparted renewed vigor to the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ along with reducing pollution in the villages.
Dr. Srivastava shares an interesting story behind given the LPG gas cylinders under the Sukhet Model instead of any monetary assistance, he says, “ If we give money, it will spend on a priority basis. As people will use that money for other purposes instead of spending on the gas cylinders as they can still cook food from traditional ways like Cow Dung Cake. We want to promote pollution-free and beneficial modern cooking solutions.”
Notably, Dr. Srivastava along with a team of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Agriculture University is helming innovative (Agro-Waste)Based technologies, these includes:
– Manufacturing Pigeonpea, which is commonly known as (Arhar), based furniture – which will replace cane furniture that takes years to grow up.
– By using Tur stalks, sustainable cutleries are being made which will replace plastic-based utensils paving way for eliminating single-use plastic
– Herbal Gulaal is also being made using perishable vegetables and over the top that it is allergy-free
– Haldi leaves oil which is a mosquito, ant, and housefly repellant
These innovations not only aim to provide organic, renewable, and sustainable products to our Society but will also shape our agriculture sector.
PBNS will bring out separate segments on these innovations with the aim of taking these incredible efforts to the nook and corner of this curious land called India.