The growth of the circular economy. Government green energy push: 198 factories set up, 556 under construction, use of agricultural waste increases.

The government said on Tuesday that 198 green power plants, including 12 compressed biogas (CBG) and 186 biogas plants, have been set up for the current fiscal year, while 556 plants – 129 CBG and 427 biogas – are under construction. This is a major boost for cow dung and other wastes generated in agriculture and allied sectors to create value addition to the market and help increase farmers’ incomes. 2023-2024.During the Budget 2023-24, the Finance Minister announced the setting up of 500 new Waste to Wealth plants with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore under the Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan (GOBARdhan).

This scheme, which aimed to convert biodegradable/organic residue including animal manure and agricultural residues and other biomass into valuable natural resources such as biogas, compressed biogas (CBG) and organic fertilizer, was a narrow circular economy initiative. through a new “whole of government” approach, an official statement said.

The Center has taken several measures in the last nine months to promote the implementation of the GOBARDhan initiative. Centralized Excise Exemption for natural gas mixed with CBG has been granted from February 2023 to avoid double taxation. FCO change notice has been issued to promote biofertilizer. An exemption has been made to the marketing authorization requirement for Fermented Organic Fertilizer (FOM)/Liquid Fermented Organic Fertilizer (LFOM) (Organic Fertilizer Produced from GOBARDHAN plants) for three years to increase nutrient intake of these crops. The government has also raised the FOM humidity standards from 30-40 percent to 30-70 percent. In addition, it increased the C/N ratio from “below 20” to “up to 30” and the LFOM/FOM pH from “6.5-8.0” to “6.5-8.4”, the statement said.

The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) has already prepared a report on “Use of Bio Sediments in Different Farming Systems” along with a package of practices for using FOM/LFOM in different crops to popularize and improve soil health. and farm productivity.

Market Development Assistance (MDA) program has been approved to encourage sale and marketing of FOM/LFOM (Plant By-product of GOBARDhan) to promote organic farming. The CBG-CGD Synchronization Program has been extended for ten years until 2024 to enhance CBG production and consumption. The National Biofuel Coordinating Committee (NBCC) has also approved the wise introduction of a mandatory 5 percent CBG blend to boost CBG production and consumption, the government said..

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