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Union Cabinet approves policy on promotion of City Compost

The Cabinet has approved on Wednesday the proposal of Department of Fertilisers a Policy on Promotion of City Compost. The processing and use of city waste as compost is a logical component of the “SWACHH BHARAT ABHIYAN” campaign of Govt. of India launched by the Prime Minister.
The Cabinet has approved provision for Market development assistance in the form of fixed amount of Rs. 1500 per tonne of City Compost for scaling up production and consumption of the product. Market development assistance would lower MRP of City Compost for farmers. Compost from City garbage would not only provide carbon and primary/secondary nutrients to soil but also help in keeping the City clean. Eco-Mark standard for City Compost would ensure that environment friendly quality product reaches the farmers.
Composting can reduce the volume of waste to landfill/dumpsite by converting the waste into useful by-products. This also prevents production of harmful greenhouse gases (especially methane) and toxic material that pollutes groundwater apart from polluting the environment. City Waste composting would also generate employment in urban areas.
Fertilizer companies and marketing entities will also co-market City Compost with chemical fertilizers through their dealers’ network. The companies will also adopt villages for promoting the use of compost. Government Departments and Public Sector undertakings will also use City Compost for their horticulture and related uses.
Concerned Ministry/ Department will carry out IEC campaigns to educate farmers on the benefits of city compost and will take steps to increase setting up of compost plants across all States. The Agricultural Extension Machineries including KVKs of ICAR will also make special efforts in this regard. Agriculture Universities and KVKs will also take up field demonstration activities using City compost for which D/o Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare will assign targets to them.
A joint mechanism will be set up by Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Urban Development and Department of Agriculture to monitor and facilitate availability of adequate quantity of City Compost at terms mutually agreeable between compost manufacturers and Fertilizer Marketing companies. They will also be authorised to resolve any co-ordination related issue that may arise.
Initially, marketing and promotion of city compost is proposed to be done through the existing fertilizer companies. In due course, compost manufacturers and other marketing entities recognized by the concerned State Government may also be included for the purpose with the approval of Department of Fertilisers. The market development assistance shall be routed through the entity which is marketing it.

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