On Friday, Punjab’s Minister of New and Renewable Energy Sources, Aman Arora, instructed officials to develop testing arrangements and encourage the use of compressed biogas plants to contain stubble burning in the state and create additional income for farmers.
The Minister was chairing the first meeting of a 21-member working group formed to discuss and create a mechanism for levying Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) generated from Compressed Biogas (CBG) projects based on agro-residues in Punjab Bhawan here.
Compressed Biogas (CBG) plants are the answer to counteract the problem of stubble burning in a scientific way, as these plants generate clean and green energy from paddy straw and other agro-residues, while creating an additional source of income for the farming community, Arora said.
These kinds of projects will benefit farmers in multiple ways as these plants use crop residues as feedstock and collect paddy stubble from their fields without placing a financial burden on them, he added.
As many as 20 million tons of paddy straw were produced every year, the minister said, adding that Punjab has huge potential for agro-residue based CBG plants.
Asia’s largest plant with a total capacity of 33.23 tons of CBG per day has been commissioned in Sangrur and up to 42 additional CBG projects with a total capacity of 492.58 tons per day have also been commissioned. been awarded by the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA). Upon commissioning, these projects are expected to produce at least 10 lakh tonnes of FOM per year.
Farmers will benefit from stubble: Cheema
Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema said on Friday that farmers will benefit from stubble if they do not burn it in the fields and that the Punjab government has made arrangements well in advance to remove the straw from the fields to use it in boilers, in addition to offering them other incentives. to check for stubble burn.
Cheema was in Patiala to inaugurate the kisan mela organized by the Punjab Agricultural University at the Rauni Krishi Science Center. Cheema encouraged farmers to break the traditional cropping cycle by switching to modern agricultural models to increase their income.
Dhaliwal discusses plan to control stubble burning
Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal on Friday discussed a plan to control stubble burning with Chandigarh district agriculture officials. He asked the officers to work at Ground Zero. He also ordered senior officers not to furlough any Agriculture Department officers or employees until November 7. The minister ordered to establish a state-level control room to monitor all field activities regarding the stubble burning awareness campaign and immediate reporting of cases of farm fires.