Pusa Decomposer to be used on trail basis

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  • October 9, 2020
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Pusa Decomposer to be used on trail basis

Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment 

In news

  • According to Environment Ministry, Pusa Decomposer will be used on a trial basis in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi for 2020.

Key takeaways 

  • The burning of paddy stubble has been a cause of concern for the past several years as it contributes to air pollution. 
  • It is a common practice in October and November across North West India, primarily in states of Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh. 
  • This is done to quickly clear crop residue from their fields before planting the rabi wheat crop.

Important value additions 

Pusa Decomposer

  • ‘Pusa Decomposer’ is developed to tackle the issue of stubble burning. 
  • Developed by: Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI).
  • It is a fungi-based liquid solution that can soften hard stubble so that it can be easily mixed with soil in the field to act as compost.
  • It will also help in retaining the essential microbes and nutrients in soil that are otherwise damaged due to the burning. 

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