Delhi government starts preparation of decomposer to prevent stubble burning

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The Delhi government has started preparing to spray the bio-decomposer on farmland to prevent stubble burning, Environment Minister Gopal Rai said.

Rai said the decomposer will be sprayed on all basmati and non-basmati rice fields in Delhi for free.

The Department of Agriculture has been tasked with getting farmers to fill out forms to have the decomposer sprayed, according to a communication from Rai’s office.

The forms will collect details of the extent of land to be sprayed, time of harvest and date of spraying.

A training program on the decomposer is scheduled to be held at the secretariat in Delhi on Friday with officials from the development department and revenue department, as well as representatives from the Indian Institute of Agricultural Research (IARI).

Rai said a helpline number would also likely be made available to farmers, adding that an awareness campaign would be organized among farmers on the bio-decomposer.

“The problem facing farmers is that the time interval between harvesting paddy and sowing wheat is short,” Rai said.

“Therefore, the Delhi government has started to prepare this work in time so that there is no delay in the whole exercise and the farmers can get better results,” he said. he adds.

The bio-decomposer, developed by the Indian Institute of Agricultural Research, was sprayed in fields in Delhi for the first time in 2020, when around 2,000 acres of land were covered.

The decomposer should help decompose the paddy stubble after harvest. The microbes present in the sprayed solution facilitate decomposition and the remaining compost can be mixed into the soil.

Last year, the Delhi government had received requests to spray the decomposer on around 4,300 acres of paddy fields in Delhi.

While the decomposer was only sprayed on non-basmati fields in 2020, both basmati and non-basmati fields were covered the following year.

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