In keeping with its promise to double income of farmers, the state government has decided to buy agricultural waste and wean away farmers from stubble burning, which accelerates air pollution.
To provide a tech fillip, the state government set up a bio-coal production unit in Risia in Bahraich district, where the trial-run of manufacturing fuel briquette pellet from agro-waste was successfully completed recently. Paddy straw, corn stalks, sugarcane leaves are being bought at Rs 1500-2000 per quintal from farmers of the region and ploughed into the Bahraich plant.
And around 10,000 quintals have also been bought from farmers so far, a state government spokesperson said. This is the first plant in the state, which is making fuel briquettes from agricultural residue. The unit has received an order for pellet supply of 1000 tonnes per day by Unchahar unit of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
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The unit has also provided direct and indirect employment to over 100 persons while boosting income of farmers from agriculture waste. Agriculture produce commissioner, Alok Sinha, said, this will help eradicate the problem of stubble burning and management of agriculture residue.