NEW DELHI: The trials for the bio-decomposers developed by Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) at Pusa and its mass development will commence from Tuesday with chief minister Arvind Kejriwal witnessing the process from the central control room at Kharkhari Nahar village in Najafgarh.
Environment minister Gopal Rai visited the facility on Monday and assessed the arrangements for mass production of the solution, which would decompose crop stubble into mulch within three weeks. “The biodecomposer pellets need to be first converted into a solution for spraying on paddy farmland. This will naturally convert the stubble into manure,” the minister said.
Four pellets of the Pusa decomposer would be added to jaggery, gram flour and 25 litres of water before leaving it to ferment for 10-12 days. The solution would be diluted again with 500 litres of water, following which it would be sprayed across one hectare of land.
Rai said the first batch of the solution should be ready in 3-4 days. The first trial would be carried out by the weekend. Delhi government has also formulated an action plan to cover all farms in Delhi under this programme. Each farmer would be required to fill a detailed form to avail this facility.
“The form will include the farmer’s and his father’s name, village, district, the area where they produce non-basmati rice and the date when they want the government to spray the solution. Delhi government will then send officials to spray the solution on the designated farmland,” said Rai, adding that agricultural development officers in all districts would be leading the work.
The work of producing the solution would start at 400 different camps under the supervision of IARI scientists from Tuesday. The first batch would be ready within 3-4 days.
The scientists at IARI had been working on the technology for nearly five years, but they prepared it in a capsule form around 18 months ago. They validated the technology in the farmlands of Punjab and Haryana over the past one and a half years.

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