Hands-On Demonstration on Composting
As an effort to promote sustainable and green methods for agriculture in the State, the Centre is providing hands – on demonstrations on production of different types of composts such as Vermi Composting, NADEP Composting, Non–Soil Composting and Catalysed Non–Soil Composting to interested farmers. This initiative was undertaken to provide knowledge on production of affordable inputs from locally available resources with an intention to eventually reduce the use of chemical fertilizer in the State. Composting is a process in which organic substances are reduced from large volumes of rapidly decomposable materials to small volumes of materials which continue to decompose slowly. In the process, the ratio of carbon to other elements is brought into balance, thus avoiding temporary immobilization of nutrients. One of the many benefits of adding compost to the soil is that the nutrients in it are slowly released to the soil and are then available for use by plants.
The training was conducted at farmers’ field in different villages across the State. Simultaneously, awareness was also conducted to educate the farmers about the hazardous effects of long term usage of chemical fertilizers in agriculture. Locally available biomass like agricultural and plant wastes, cowdung and other animal wastes are being used for production of the different types of composts.
In collaboration with District Basin Development Units & the Enterprise Facilitation Centres, about 1500 farmers from 20 Blocks across the State have been trained.