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January 29, 2013

Agro-Industry: Delivery Orders Issued to Farmers Tuesday

Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security, Satish Faugoo, announced this Monday that good delivery under the government program grant will be issued tomorrow compost to farmers. They will get their compost from Solid Waste Recycling Plant at La Chaumiere, 30% cheaper. A grant of Rs 1500 and is offered per tonne of compost.

This decision, said the minister, in line with the government's vision for food security in order to produce more locally to minimize the import food. "We want to promote good agricultural practices using less chemicals," he argued, adding that the grant should also help farmers who have abandoned their land because of high production costs to return the field.

Faugoo Satish said he was impressed by the process of turning waste into natural compost, after visiting the factory Solid Waste Recycling. First, there is no odor or dust and then the production of compost is simple and easy to understand. After visiting a small plot of land where they grow gourds, and corn bringelles using compost, the minister said that the quality and vitality of plants show that the compost seems suitable for agriculture. "This is a project for the future and good for the country," he said.

According to the CEO of Solid Waste Recycling, Patrick Maurel, this grant is money saved so far in waste management. "It's good for all of us, farmers, country and our environment," he argued, adding: "We have shown that the compost was better for our agriculture. "He talked about testing at Britannia where a potato planter got about Rs 90,000 more per acre due to the superior quality of his crop. Solid Waste Recycling, he said, now opens to African countries.

A grant of Rs 40 million is provided for this purpose to fund approximately 27 000 tonnes of compost. It will be made in the form of delivery notes to be issued by the Small growers Farmers Welfare Plan (SFWF) that manages the plan. Three delivery orders will be issued by planter for a total of three crop cycles on the same plot. A promotional campaign will be conducted shortly to encourage farmers to use compost. Training programs on the use of compost, demonstrations and lectures are also announced.

 

Text by Le Mauricien
 

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