Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation provides organic fertilizer from wet waste generated in the city | Bombay News
The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has started supplying compost produced from wet waste directly to farmers within the city limits. He uses the trucks in which the vegetables arrive at the APMC market in Kalyan to send the fertilizers.
“The idea is to ensure that farmers benefit from fertilizers that have no chemical content and are of the highest quality. Currently we do not charge for this. However, now that it has been successful, we will charge a certain amount in the coming days,” said Ramdas Kokare, Deputy Commissioner, KDMC.
The idea of producing fertilizers was launched in May 2020 when KDMC imposed the Zero Waste Mission in the city. Thanks to the two waste composting plants installed in Umbarde and Barave, the civic body has managed to generate 10,000 metric tons of fertilizer over the past year. KDMC has received requests for fertilizer from Pune, Nashik, Solapur and other parts of the state, Kokare claimed.
According to KDMC, at least 70 metric tons of fertilizer are generated daily. It takes about 25-30 days to produce the fertilizers.
Swati Kale Shingade, 39, a farmer from Baramati, said, “I was looking for a supplier of organic fertilizer when I learned that KDMC was supplying it to farmers. I approached them. I managed to get two tons of this fertilizer.
Shingade is the Vice President of Maha Organic and Residue-Free Farmers Association (MORFA), an NGO. He intends to take these fertilizers to the state level and make sure to reach more farmers with these organic fertilizers.
“We want to work to have more civic organizations producing organic fertilizers. We will sign a memorandum of understanding with all civic agencies and help sell the fertilizer to farmers across the state. We are currently using the fertilizers to verify the results. Once the production is diverted, we will ensure that the organic fertilizers reach the maximum number of farmers,” she added.