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Fodder pellets answer to stubble burning menace

Updated: Aug 13, 2018



Guru Angad Dev Veterinary, Animal Sciences University says the problem to be solved in Punjab by 2019; signs MoU with Qatar


The problem of stubble burning, which has become a cause of environment pollution and is affecting health of people, will be solved by 2019 in Punjab, claims the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) authorities.


A whopping 20 million tonne of stubble is produced in Punjab, of which only 2 million tonne is utilised. The remaining 18 million tonne of stubble is becoming threat to air, water and earth and thus badly damaging biodiversity.


An MoU has been signed between Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University and M/s Neway Renewable Energy (Bathinda) Private Ltd (NREBPL), a sub group of Alkindi Group Company, Doha, in Qatar, to convert paddy straw into enriched fodder pellets. The MoU was signed by Dr JPS Gill, Director Research, and Abdul Samad Melath, Chairman, NREBPL, in the presence of Dr AS Nanda, Vice-Chancellor; Dr Parkash S Brar, Dean College of Veterinary Science; Dr SK Uppal, Dean Postgraduate Studies; Dr Manju Wadhwa, Head of Department of Animal Nutrition, GADVASU: and Dr SK Siva Kumar, Director, NREBPL. The university will be looking after the research and development part.


“The paddy straw will be turned into fuel pellets and fodder pellets. The concept of turning straw into food pellets is a not a new process and is considered a successful animal feed. Countries like Singapore and Thailand are already doing this and Japan is importing paddy straw from China for feeding cattle,” said Dr Nanda.


The company plans to process 10 million tonne of paddy straw into enriched fodder pellets using innovative technology under guidance of the university. The university experts will analyse the fodder pellets for certain quality control parameters, such as digestibility, nutritional value and shelf life, etc.


Dr Nanda said the NREBPL had donated Rs 5 lakh to the university to support the project and the amount would be increase according to need.


“Dairy business is progressing in the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC) countries but there is a severe lack of facilities for feed and fodder production. So, there is tremendous scope of export of enriched fodder pellets to Qatar and the Middle East countries. The Qatar company will market the products internationally using their 30-year experience in the global market,” he said.


The company has also signed an MOU with the Government of Punjab for processing paddy straw into carbon-enriched fuel and is in the process of setting up the required infrastructure.


“The university will be developing 15-20 types of feed pellets and testing them on various animals. Three or four of them will be finally approved with added nutrients. We are hopeful that the export of these feed pellets will start by December-end,” said Dr Nanda.


Dr Nanda said there were nearly 2,000 gaushalas in the country and these feed pellets would be available at throwaway prices. Sky is the limit when it comes to exporting products to the Gulf countries.


“Hundred per cent straw can be utilised in the project. Farmers will be given the cost of their straw,” said Dr Nanda.


 “The first plant will be set up at Bathinda. In total, 30 such units will come up in the state, which will give direct employment to 5,000 persons,” he added.


 Fact file


• Paddy straw will be turned into fuel pellets and fodder pellets

• Countries like Singapore and Thailand are already doing this and Japan is importing paddy straw from China

•  Company plans to process 10 million tonne of paddy straw under the guidance of the university

• Tremendous scope of export of enriched fodder pellets to Qatar and the Middle East countries

• The Qatar company will market the products internationally

• 2,000 gaushalas in the country will get fodder pellets at throwaway prices

• Farmers will be given the cost of their straw

• The first plant will be set up at Bathinda


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