Pusa Decomposer to be used on trail basis
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Environment
- According to Environment Ministry, Pusa Decomposer will be used on a trial basis in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi for 2020.
- 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’ 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.