Punjab Chief Minister S. Bhagwant Mann's government is planning to promote the utilization of Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) produced by Compressed Biogas (CBG) plants in the Agriculture, Horticulture, and Floriculture sectors of the state. Mr. Aman Arora, the New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister, said this on the 17th of August after a brainstorming discussion at PEDA.
Mr. Arora and his cabinet colleague Mr. Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal, Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister, asked senior officers of the state government and the investors to create a mechanism that will enable the utilization of FOM.
The Cabinet Minister said that Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) has already allocated 42 CBG projects with a total capacity of 492.58 tons per day (TPD) based on paddy straw and another agro-residue and Asia's largest CBG plant with a total capacity of 33.23-ton CBG per day has also been commissioned at village Bhuttal Kalan (Sangrur) recently. At least 5 Lac tons of Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) are expected to be produced annually by these CBG plants on the commission.
The use of FOM will enhance nutrient uptake, growth, yield, nutrition efficiency, crop quality, and tolerance to biotic and abiotic stress. Its use can prevent the uptake of heavy metals, besides helping local allied industries to flourish, said the New and Renewable Energy Sources Minister.
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