The New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA), with the help of IIT Kharagpur, is setting up 12 test beds in New Town’s Patharghata area to test the quality of the compost that the NKDA authorities are producing by recycling organic waste. Officials and a research team inspected the spot last week.
Two composting machines — one at Street 45 near the market and another at the NKDA market in Action Area IC — process organic waste from the township. After processing, the brown, odourless substance is bagged for sale. However, authorities have noticed there are hardly any takers for the organic compost.
“The farmers seem to be hesitant to change their established practices of using conventional compost. They do not want to take a risk without carrying out any field trial. Only a few farmers have agreed to test a few bags of the organic compost to see if the product helped in plant growth,” said an official.
Each test bed will be 9m×9m. The entire process of analysing how well the compost helps in plant growth will take about three to four months.
Source: Times of India