*Scientists from Indian Agriculture Research Institute, Pusa present innovative Pusa decomposer technique to deal with the issue of crop stubble burning to CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*- Crop stubble is the major source of winter pollution in Delhi. I congratulate IRAI scientists for developing a low-cost, effective technology to deal with crop stubble burning. Governments need to listen and work hand in hand with scientists to address the issue of stubble burning: CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal
*- CM Arvind Kejriwal to visit Pusa campus tomorrow, Sep 24, to see a demonstration of this technology
*- CM Arvind Kejriwal directed officials from Development Department to carry out detailed cost-benefit analysis and explore implementation of this technology across all farms in outer Delhi
*- Pusa decompser is a capsule that can be mixed with readily available inputs, fermented and then sprayed over fields to ensure speedy decomposition of crop stubble and prevent the need for burning
New Delhi:23.09.20- Dr A K Singh, Director of ARAI, Pusa, New Delhi and several senior scientists from ARAI today presented an innovative technology developed in-house by the institute to CM Arvind Kejriwal to deal with the issue of crop stubble burning, which is a major source of air pollution in winter months across North India. Commending this innovation by IRAI, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, "Crop stubble is the major source of winter pollution in Delhi. I congratulate IRAI scientists for developing a low-cost, effective technology to deal with crop stubble burning. Governments need to listen and work hand in hand with scientists to address the issue of stubble burning." The meeting was also attended by Environment and Development Minister, Shri Gopal Rai, officials from Development Dept and DDC.
The technology, called Pusa Decomposer, involves making a liquid formulation using Pusa decompser capsules and readily available inputs, fermenting it over 8-10 days, and then spraying the mixture on fields with crop stubble to ensure speedy bio-decomposition of the stubble. The cost of the capsules is only Rs 20 per acre, and can effectively deal with 4-5 tonnes of raw straw per acre. Research by ARAI over the last 4 years in farm fields in Punjab and Haryana have shown very encouraging results as to benefit of using this approach for reducing the need for crop stubble burning and at the same time reducing fertilizer consumption and increasing farm productivity.
Impressed by the potential and ease of implementation of this technology, CM Arvind Kejriwal has decided to visit the Pusa campus on 24 September to see a live demonstration. He also instructed the officials from Development Department to carry out detailed cost-benefit analysis and explore implementation of this technology across all farms in outer Delhi that face the issue of crop stubble.
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*Imran Hussain Reviews the retail price of essential commodities in Delhi
*- F&S Minister directed the agencies concerned to take effective action against any hoarding and black marketing activity
New Delhi:23.09.20-Food & Supply Minister of Delhi, Shri Imran Hussain reviewed the issue of retail prices of onion, tomato, potato and other essential commodities in Delhi on 23.9.2020. The meeting was attended by senior officers of Food and Civil Supplies Department, Agricultural Produce Market Committee (APMC) and Delhi Agricultural Marketing Board (DAMB).
During the meeting, Hon'ble Minister reviewed the price trend of the commodities. Officers present in the meeting informed that retail prices of onion in Delhi are less as compared to the last year. They further informed that onion prices are going to stabilize in near future due to the imposition of export ban on onions, continuing less demand of onion as compared to the last year and likelihood of arrival of sufficient fresh onion produce in Delhi by the end of October, 2020.
Officers further informed that so far as tomatoes are concerned, they are highly perishable commodity and their prices are dependent upon seasonal factors as even unseasonal and heavy rains in the producing States adversely impact the demand-supply position thus affecting retail prices. The participating agencies were of the view that the retail prices of tomato are also likely to be stabilized soon in Delhi.
Regarding potatoes, Hon'ble Minister was informed by the officers concerned that their retail prices have increased due to low production this year as compared to the last year.
Shri Imran Hussain directed the agencies concerned to take effective action against any hoarding activity. Hon'ble Minister also directed the agencies to prevent any kind of black marketing activity and take action strict action against hoarders and black marketeers.
Hon'ble’ Minister expressed confidence that retail prices of these commodities are likely to stabilize in near future and that there is no need for public to panic. Hon'ble Minister also informed that Delhi Government is keeping a close watch on the price trends of essential commodities and assured that wherever considered necessary, Delhi Govt. will undertake market intervention for stabilization of prices of commodities in Delhi. Hon'ble Minister also directed Commissioner, Food and Civil Supplies to convene weekly meetings with stakeholder departments/agencies to ensure that prices of essential commodities are stable and under control.