Government funds methods for utilising crop residues

The Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, has recently urged Indian farmers to make use of new methods for treating crop residues, including biogas production. According to Devdiscourse, the government will allocate funding of INR 1,151 crores for two years to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi-NCR, providing 50 to 80% in subsidy for crop residue management machinery. The governmental agri-research body, ICAR, has already set up a biogas plant running on paddy straw. The Central Electricity Authority has produced 114.08 MW of electricity from waste until August 2019, this year.

Picture credit: Khalid Mahmood, Drying Crop in rural Punjabi home, CC BY-SA 3.0

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