In a positive development, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has begun the procurement of agricultural waste to wean away the farmers from the practice of stubble burning and to double the farm incomes, reports Economic Times.
The Yogi Adityanath-led UP government has set up its first bio-coal production unit in Risia of Bahraich district which has successfully completed the trial-run of manufacturing fuel briquette pellet from agricultural waste.
For the plant, the state government is procuring paddy straw, corn stalks, sugarcane leaves at Rs 1,500-Rs 2,000 per quintal from the farmers.
So far, about 10,000 quintals of agricultural waste have been procured for the plant which has received orders from the State-owned electricity giant National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)'s unit in Unchahar for the supply of 1,000 tonnes of pellet per day.
Set up at Rs 3.1 crore, the plant is already employing over a hundred people and has so far supplied 106 quintal fuel briquette pellets to the NTPC for electricity generation.
According to the report, proposals have now also been received from state's Shahjahanpur, Pilibhit, Faizabad, Basti and Gorakhpur to set up similar plants.
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