R. Vimal Kumar
Proposed unit will be equipped to handle five tonnes of non-segregated waste a day
Tirupur: To boost organic manure production, the Department of Agriculture plans to establish a composting unit in Tirupur block as a public-private partnership venture to convert municipal waste into manure at an outlay of Rs. 4.10 lakh under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme.
The unit, to be established in association with the TANWABE group (Tamil Nadu Women in Agri Business and Extension group) functioning at Amaravathipalayam), is expected to be commissioned in June.
The functioning of the unit will be entrusted with the TANWABE group comprising 20 farm women as its members and the earnings from the unit will be an additional income to their farm revenue.
Mohammed Kalimullah Sherif, Assistant Director of Agriculture, told The Hindu that the proposed unit would be equipped to handle five tonnes of waste (non-segregated) per day from which the biodegradable waste required for the organic manure production would be sequestered.
“About 2.25 tonnes of biodegradable waste can be obtained from every five tonnes of municipal wastes,” he said.
The compost yard will have a shredder machine to fragment the waste, a rotary sieve, a hand sprayer to apply microbial consortium to avoid contamination, water storage facility and a physical balance to weigh 50 kg of waste at a time, for effective operation.
Besides, a covered shed will be established to store the manure produced at the unit prior to its sale.
Mr. Sherif said that an economic analysis conducted by the department for the project indicated a compost recovery of 25 percent from the biodegradable waste used.
A minimum of 140 tonnes of manure is expected to be produced from the unit in the first year of production.
“Cost of production of solid waste compost is computed at Re. 1 a kilogram,” he added.
Mr. Sherif said that considering the demand for organic manure, farm women would be able to obtain sizeable profit margins from the unit that was being planned at Tirupur.