V. Premnath, director of the Effective Micro-organisms Technology Mission, based in Kozhikode, has said that the technology is a simple and cost-effective method involving the application of a diluted solution to convert waste easily into compost.

He was giving a demonstration of the technology at a workshop on using it for sustainable agriculture and complete waste management at the Central Plantation Crops Research Institute here on Thursday.

The workshop was hosted jointly by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra here and the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD), the seventh in the farmers' monthly interface programme series.

Mr. Premnath said the technology, if utilised to its optimum, could definitely solve the burning issues of waste disposal in the State. He narrated success stories with the technology in cities such as Coimbatore and Pune.

Speakers at the function said the area of application of the technology was wide ranging, from sustainable agriculture to solid-waste management. As both these were crucial to Kerala, the technology would help the farmers and would be a boost to the “Clean Kerala Mission.”

The presentation focussed on household- and solid-waste management and sustainable agriculture.

N. Gopalan, Assistant General Manager, NABARD, and Ajithkumar Menon, Manager, Syndicate Bank, spoke of farmer-friendly agricultural credit facilities and other services available with banks and NABARD. R. Chandramohan, Director in-charge, Central Plantation Crop Research Institute, inaugurated the programme.