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DRS initiates dry leaf composting
Waste Management in rural areas
1/4/2019 10:28:54 PM
Early Times Report

Jammu, Jan 4: With an aim of managing rural waste and implementation of "Gobar Dhan " programme across J&K, the Department of Rural Sanitation initiated processing of dry leaves wherein the leaves are converted into compost that is used as an organic fertilizer by the farmers. In this regard a 4 day workshop began at R S Pura on Saturday.
Department of Rural Sanitation J&K began implementation of phase II of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM Grameen) wherein Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) and Gobardhan Schemes are taken up. SLWM has now been renamed as Solid Liquid Resource Management (SLRM) as waste is no-more a waste but a resource if put into use scientifically. Commissioner Secretary to Government Rural Development Department Sheetal Nanda inaugurated a 4 day programme on "Dry Leaf Compositing as Waste Management Tool". Block Development Officers (BDOs) from all the blocks participated in the programme. This was the first of its kind training programme being imparted in J&K for processing of dry leaves.
While talking to Early Times Director Rural Sanitation Indu Kanwal Chib who is also in-charge of Swachh Bharat Mission Grameen programme said that compositing of dry leaves is a process wherein fallen dry leaves which others wise get wasted by way of burning are mixed with cow dung and water so that after 45 to 60 days this mixture transform into a high nutrient value manure called as mulch.The mulch can be used to grow vegetables in kitchen garden, farms and to make terrace garden.
The 4 day workshop is being organized by Director Rural Sanitation in consultation with India Green Services, Vellore. C Srinivas from IGS Vellore explained in detail how the processing of dry leaves is undertaken. The workshop was also attended by District Panchayat Officers from Various districts, Block Development Officers, Junior Engineers, Gram Sevaks and Helpers from District Jammu. Department of Rural Sanitation is planning to hold similar workshop in Srinagar after March.
C Srinivas from India Green Services (IGS) described the entire process on ground and informed the participants that the use of mulch does not require a use of soil in the pots. Commissioner Secretary RDD informed the officers participating in the workshop that Dry leaf Compositing as a rural waste management should be replicated in all the blocks of the State so that dry leaves are not burnt which further causes air pollution. As reported already Government is mulling to empower Department of Rural Sanitation which has remained almost defunct since it was created around 30 years back. Authorities are planning to provide enough manpower to Directorate of Rural Sanitation at district and block level so as to manage solid waste in Rural areas.
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