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Urged to take advantage of the “New National Biogas and Organic Manure Programme”

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08 June 2024, Chandigarh: Haryana’s Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, Mr. Kanwar Pal, has urged the people of the state to install biogas plants for domestic use to reduce their expenses and help mitigate the causes of climate change.

Mr. Kanwar Pal stated that the people of the state should come forward to take advantage of the “New National Biogas and Organic Manure Programme.” Under this scheme, family-sized biogas plants are installed in the state.

He informed that these biogas plants are constructed under the “National Biogas Development Project.” The Government of India provides support to the state in the form of staff assistance, subsidies on expenses, organizing various training courses, and grants-in-aid for demonstrating biogas installations. This central scheme also includes the repair, maintenance, and upkeep of pre-installed biogas plants.

Mr. Kanwar Pal mentioned that beneficiaries of this scheme receive financial assistance from the central government. Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe beneficiaries are provided with financial assistance of Rs. 17,000 for a biogas plant of 1 cubic meter, Rs. 22,000 for 2 to 4 cubic meters, and Rs. 29,250 for a plant of 6 cubic meters. Similarly, general category beneficiaries receive financial assistance of Rs. 9,800 for a 1 cubic meter biogas plant, Rs. 14,350 for 2 to 4 cubic meters, and Rs. 22,750 for a 6 cubic meter plant.

The Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare further informed that the main objective of the “New National Biogas and Organic Manure Programme” is to meet the requirements of organic manure and clean cooking fuel in rural/semi-urban areas. This will help improve sanitation in rural and semi-urban areas by connecting sanitary toilets to biogas plants using animal dung.

He said that this scheme would also help reduce the strenuous labour of women and save their time for other livelihood activities. Mr. Kanwar Pal added that the “New National Biogas and Organic Manure Programme” will also produce organic manure. By using the organic manure produced by biogas plants, the use of chemical fertilizers like urea can be reduced.

Expressing concern over issues like global warming, he said that this scheme would help mitigate the causes of climate change by preventing the emission of greenhouse gases (such as carbon dioxide and methane) into the atmosphere.

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