Subsidy for compost boost

The agriculture department has come up with a special scheme that entails giving subsidy to those opting to set up compost production units to promote production of vermicompost in Bihar.

By Sanjeev Kumar Verma in Patna
  • Published 23.08.18
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Patna: The agriculture department has come up with a special scheme that entails giving subsidy to those opting to set up compost production units to promote production of vermicompost in Bihar.

Unlike chemical fertilisers, which adversely hit the soil quality in the long run, the vermicompost are made using natural substances and are considered good for preserving the soil fertility. Vermicompost is used in organic farming.

According to the scheme details, those setting up vermicompost production unit of 1,000 metric tonnes capacity would be entitled for a subsidy of 40 per cent of the project cost which would not be more than Rs 6.4 lakh. Similarly in case of production units having capacity of 2,000 metric tonnes and 3,000 metric tonnes the upper limit of the subsidy amount would be Rs 12.8 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively.

Individuals, cooperative societies, private firms, farmers' interest groups, self help groups can avail the benefits of the scheme.

In case of agriculture universities, Krishi Vigyan Kendras and any other firm fully owned by government would be entitled for cent per cent subsidy for setting up these plants. For such institutions, the subsidy amount would be Rs 16 lakh, Rs 32 lakh and Rs 50 lakh for setting up compost production units of 1,000MT, 2,000MT and 3,000MT capacity respectively.

A senior official in the agriculture department said the government was promoting vermicompost production as part of its move to promote organic farming in the state.

Organic farming was introduced on 2,500 hectares of land in 2017-18 as part of the third agriculture roadmap and in the current fiscal (2018-19) the government has set the target of promoting organic farming on 25,000 hectares of land.

"In addition to give incentive to compost producers, we are also giving subsidy to farmers for encouraging its use and they get Rs 300 as subsidy for purchasing a quintal of vermicompost," said the official.

As far as vermicompost production in the state is concerned, around 5.01 lakh quintals of vermicompost was produced commercially in the state.

"We are hoping a jump in the production level this fiscal after introduction of the new scheme for which Rs 4 crore has been earmarked for now. The funds would be sent to the districts soon after which special efforts would be made to mobilise people for taking benefit of the scheme," said the official.