City Compost

Policy on Promotion of City Compost

 

Consequent upon approval of the Policy on Promotion of City Compost by the Cabinet, the Department has notified the Policy on 10.02.2016. Salient features of the Policy are as follows:

i.        Market development assistance in the form of fixed amount of Rs. 1500 per tonne of City Compost will be provided for scaling up production and consumption of the product.

ii.       Initially, marketing and promotion of city compost will be done through the existing fertilizer companies. In due course, compost manufacturers and other marketing entities recognized by the concerned State Government may also be included for the purpose with the approval of Department of Fertilisers. The market development assistance shall be routed through the entity which is marketing it.

iii.      The Fertilizer marketing companies shall be eligible for on account payment up to 50% only on the basis of first point sale (to the dealer/retailer) at the district level. The balance shall be released on receipt of retailer’s acknowledgement in mFMS as well as issue of required certificates relating to quantity and quality issued by the respective State Governments in prescribed forms. In case of other marketing entities including compost manufacturers, if they are involved in promotion and sale of city compost and are duly recognized by concerned State Governments, the modalities for release of subsidy to them may be decided by Department of Fertilisers.

iv.      Fertilizer companies and marketing entities will also co-market City Compost with chemical fertilizers through their dealers’ network.  The mechanism, extent and mode of implementation of such co-marketing depending on levels of compost production, demand generation and other relevant factors shall be decided by the Department of Fertilizers. The provision of Market Development Assistance as proposed in para (i) to (iii) above, shall, however, not be linked to the issue of co-marketing mentioned above.

v.       The companies will also adopt villages for promoting the use of compost.

vi.      Government Departments and Public Sector undertakings will also use City Compost to the extent possible for their horticulture and related use.

vii.     Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare will carry out IEC campaigns to educate farmers on the benefits of city compost. The Agricultural Extension Machineries including KVKs of ICAR will also make special efforts in this regard. Agriculture Universities and KVKs will also take up field demonstration activities to the extent possible using City compost to make it popular amongst the farmers. Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare will assign targets to the KVKs in this regard.

viii.     Ministry of Urban Development will take steps to increase setting up of compost plants across all States.

ix.      An appropriate BIS standard/ Eco-Mark will also be developed in consultation with BIS for enabling better market acceptance. It shall be branded appropriately in a way that reflects clearly that particular initiative is part of Swachh Bharat Mission.

x.       A joint mechanism will be set up by Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Urban Development and Department of Agriculture to monitor and facilitate availability of adequate quantity of City Compost at terms mutually agreeable between compost manufacturers and Fertilizer Marketing companies. They will also be authorised to resolve any co-ordination related issue that may arise.

2.       The policy is expected to have following benefits:

  1.      i.        Compost from City garbage would not only provide carbon and primary/secondary nutrients to soil but also help in keeping the City clean.

 

  1.     ii.        Market development assistance would lower MRP of City Compost for farmers.

 

  1.    iii.        Use of City Compost in conjunction with chemical Fertilizers would result in higher yield.

 

  1.    iv.        Eco-Mark standard for City Compost would ensure that environment friendly quality product reaches the farmers.

3.       Action Taken So far

i.        Concerned Ministries/Departments/Authorities have been requested to take appropriate action on actionable points contained in the notification.

ii.       A separate budget head been created for release of Market Development Assistance (MDA) on sale of City Compost.

iii.      Operational guidelines for release of MDA to marketing entities on sale of City Compost have been issued on 03.06.2016 and revised guidelines has been issued on 10.10.2016.

iv.      The required software for routing of MDA through FMS and mFMS (now iFMS) is operational.

v.       A joint Committee of Joint Secretaries of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Urban Development and Department of Agriculture to monitor has been set up to facilitate availability of adequate quantity of City Compost at terms mutually agreeable between compost manufacturers and Fertilizer Marketing companies. The Committee will also be authorised to resolve any co-ordination related issue that may arise.

vi.      The fertiliser Companies have adopted more than 200 villages during 2016-17 and 2017-18 for promoting the use of City Compost.

vii.     States have been advised to constitute State Level Steering Committee for promotion of City Compost. So far, eight States (Orissa, Maharashtra, Punjab, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu Tripura and Andaman & Nicobar Islands) have constituted Steering Committee.

viii.     As decided by Joint Committee of Joint Secretaries, guidelines for direct Sale of City Compost by Compost manufacturers to farmers in bulk has also been issued on 09.01.2017.

 

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