ROURKELA, DEC 2, 2021
A training programme on “Waste to Wealth,’ sustainable organic farming techniques was introduced at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) recently. PK Satapathy, ED (P&A) of RSP and Prof. Simanchalo Panigrahi, Director, NIT Rourkela were present at the inaugural function organized at Institute for Peripheral Development, Sector-20 and inaugurated the Vermicompost Unit to mark the commencement of the project.
Munmun Mittra, GM (CSR), Prof. Nihar Ranjan Mishra, and Prof. Rama Chandra Pradhan of NIT-Rourkela were also present on the occasion.
Satapathy highlighted the importance of organic farming and its relevance in modern day of genetically modified seeds and adulterated food items with special reference to healthy living.
Prof. Panigrahi emphasized upon the advantages and need of student involvement and networking for better result.
The joint venture taken up at the approximate cost of Rs. 45 lakh is spread over a period of 48 months. It aims at addressing the common interest of both RSP and NIT in terms of agriculture by creating organic farming sites at different location of RSP peripheral areas and Horticulture Department areas. Plans are afoot to cover about 700 women farmers from periphery villages in this project by educating and giving them hands on training in various facets of organic farming like vermicomposting, bio-pesticides, better utilization of land, maintaining soil health etc. The project is also designed to facilitate technology transfer scientifically and promote research and development along with creation of market linkages, linkages with Self help groups and Government and other agencies.