Monday, 26 October 2020

Prominent Agriculturist Writes to Punjab CM on His Environment Friendly Solution to 'Stubble Burning'

By 121 News

Chandigarh Oct. 26, 2020:- An agriculturist and progressive farmer Sanjeev Nagpal has sent a missive to Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh in which he has made a fervent appeal to implement pan Punjab an environment friendly  technology developed by Nagpal in association with IIT Delhi  to counter stubble burning. Presently stubble burning is widespread in Punjab and other North Indian states and is creating choking of cities in North particularly in Delhi NCR. In fact Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal had recently asked the Punjab government to find a solution to the problem of stubble burning, so the remedy being mooted by Nagpal provides hope in an otherwise dismal situation.

Sanjeev Nagpal who is also managing director of Sampurn Agri Ventures Pvt. Ltd(SAVPL) said that paddy straw when burnt is a cause of pollution and considered a liability but if utilized properly it is a big asset for Punjab & of course the country. Paddy straw if processed to produce biogas and organic manure can transform rural economy and reduce pollution and greenhouse gas emission in agriculture -the second most polluting activity after fossil fuels. In this paddy straw alone can help develop India into a $ 5 trillion economy.

Sanjeev Nagpal added that apart from Punjab CM I have written to Prakash Javdekar, union environment minister and Delhi CM that  SAVPL already has the technology to convert paddy straw into  silica rich manure & bio gas which has been developed in technical association of IIT Delhi. This technology is demonstrated in a plant set up at Fazilka, Punjab and is working very well. The manure that has been developed by us has been tested and field trials conducted by Punjab Agriculture University(PAU) and PAU has recommended it for agriculture use and have included it in the 'Package of Practises' published by PAU.

Sanjeev Nagpal informed that the technology is a permanent solution to 'stubble burning' and can be implemented on a priority basis if the Punjab government so desires. The letter also talks about how the solution has the potential to kick-start rural economy and has a positive impact on quality of agri produce, soil health and health of consumers. 

Paddy straw compost is a rich source of silica. Silica is an incredibly useful fertilizer as it provides better yields & also prevents plants from taking up toxic heavy metals from soil; the silica rich food also improves immunity of humans against many diseases including COVID 19.

Sanjeev Nagpal further said that this model will have a cascading effect on the rural economy. India produces 1500 million ton of stubble out of which 50% is either burnt or wasted. This is a huge resource if utilized for value addition and will lead to economic growth of the country. Each project of 70 tpd paddy processing will require total manpower of 40 approximately. Another advantage of composting is recovery of biogas which can easily be converted to either electric power or vehicle fuel. One ton of paddy straw gives 250 cum of biogas and produces 450 kwh or 110 kg of cng.

Summed up Nagpal said that the silica rich manure will also help improve the quality of produce as now Punjab's agricultural produce is not acceptable in the global market. In order to develop our agriculture and processing we need to look at crop quality.

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