Valuable products from agro-waste : Delhi to get Clean Air
Plan to set up an agro-waste refinery in Haryana or Punjab represents an innovative solution to address the issue.The solution is similar to constructing a refinery in Assam for making Ethanol from bamboo and now some companies may come up.
Paddy residue can potentially become wealth for farmers by the year 2025. Paddy residue now has become a liability for farmers and a major cause of air pollution in Delhi due to stubble burning.The useless paddy is also going to save millions of dollars India is spending on importing petrol and diesel.
A feasibility study, spanning six to eight months, is conducted with Haryana Agriculture University. Preparation of a detailed plan on the issues related to setting up a biorefinery in the region such as availability of agriculture waste, price of agriculture waste, preferred districts, socio-economic benefits to farmers etc. are the focus area of the study.After land is obtained land, it may take about three years for construction of the biorefinery and production start in 2025.Production of Ethanol, textile fibres, cosmetics and other valuable products from agriculture waste such as paddy straw and wheat straw etc. are on the anvil.
Production of clothes fibres from paddy straw is known. The company responsible for construction of biorefinery in Assam is expected to provide direct benefit to over 10,000 bamboo farmers besides creating at least 50-60 local entrepreneurs in its supply chain management. Besides Ethanol and textile fibres, the company also plans to produce chemicals and cosmetics from byproducts. Thus besides creating wealth out of agriculture waste, the project may potentially contribute to reducing carbon emissions and climate action which has been adopted as SDG 13 (Sustainable Development Goal) by the United Nations for the year 2030 (SDG 2030). more