Punjab takes steps to utilise agriculture waste

Five machines imported to generate power from remains.

APP January 23, 2017
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LAHORE: The Punjab government has taken a number of steps to generate power from agriculture waste, said Punjab Agriculture Secretary Muhammd Mahmood at a meeting on Monday.

He said that for this purpose five machines were imported. “[The] good news is that imported machines have been delivered, farmers don’t need to burn remains of the crop anymore. They can earn money out of it,” he said.

There was a plan to produce 95 such machines inside Pakistan for this purpose, said Mahmood, adding that domestic production of such machines would benefit the industrial and agriculture sectors of the country.

He said that farmers have been advised not to destroy remains and waste of their crops. Punjab Bio Energy Company Chief Executive Rana Muhammad Arif urged the farmers to sell the waste to them.

“Get money instead of creating pollution by burning remains of the crops and protect your environment,” said Arif.

He said that nine spots had been designated to stock such items. This stock would be transported for power generation, he added.

He said that there was a need to collect huge quantity of such items in stock for ensuring un-interrupted supply for power generation.

Initially, such a power generation machine is being made operative near Faisalabad, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2017.

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Pakistan | 4 years ago | Reply Instead of burning them just compost them and sell them back to farmers as a fertilizer substitute.
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