Rice straw biomethanation, waste mgmt to curb stubble burning: Sci-tech Minister Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi: The Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan, stated in the Rajya Sabha, yesterday, that agricultural waste & stubble management (waste to wealth) and finding alternatives to burning, has been the focus of waste management technologies program, and proposals are being considered.

In an all-India coordinated project, efforts are on to produce bio-gas for kitchen use and quality manure for fields using biomethanation of rice straw by anaerobic digestion method. Six domestic level paddy straw-based biogas plants have been installed in Punjab for field trials and further study is in progress.

Research and development (R&D) projects have been supported on refinement and demonstration of integrated process technology for conversion of crop residues into ethanol and methane for use as transport fuels.

This was stated by the Minister of Science and Technology, Health and Family Welfare, and Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, yesterday.


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