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Carbon producing unit trial run successful

A municipal employee operating the organic shredder in Pudukottai for producing organic carbon on Wednesday.

A municipal employee operating the organic shredder in Pudukottai for producing organic carbon on Wednesday.  

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The municipality has set up an organic carbon producing unit at Sandaipettai to produce carbon for supply to farmers to be applied as a bio-manure in agricultural fields, particularly where the carbon content was low.

The unit, set up with a consultancy service at an expenditure of Rs. 6 lakh, comprises an organic shredder, compacter and sleeve machine.

First, the waste organic matter, particularly branches of banana and coconut shells are dropped in to the shredder to be crushed to pieces which is dried.

“We supply limited oxygen to the waste material,” says Jeeva Subramanian, Municipal Commissioner.

The powdering machine reduces it into carbon powder. The efficacy of the carbon produced here had been tested and it has been ascertained that the powder contained 42 per cent carbon.

“The minimum requirement of carbon in fields short of carbon is just 25 per cent,” says R. Rajasekar, Municipal Chairman.

The Director of Municipal Administration, G. Prakash, on Wednesday, visited the unit located in Sandaipettai and ascertained its viability.

Pudukottai is the first municipality to set up this unit. It would be packed and marketed to the needy agriculturists, says Mr. Rajasekar.

At present, the unit is being maintained by the women members of a self-heolp group, say the sources.

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