New Delhi: Pradeep Singh, a farmer from Sonepat, has learned how stubbornness from his wheat, paddy and sugarcane crops is causing pollution and haze in Delhi through the Miranda House students’ initiative. As part of a project to involve farmers’ education, Delhi University students created a system to convert sticks and agricultural waste into biomass briquettes.

Singh was one of the farmers who asked him to raise his stick to make briquettes. “Farmers from five villages have been turning stubborn briquettes to the present since last winter,” he said.

Isha Shika, a student and vice president of the college’s Enactus group, said: “Delhi is a notorious gas chamber, and in the last few years, the air quality has witnessed a dangerous decline. With this project, we want to reduce environmental risk by using crop residues efficiently to make a compressed block of biomass briquettes for fuel. ”

This process involves drying, grinding, sieving, mixing with a binder, compressing and cooling. “We want to empower the farming community by providing financial stability and reducing the harmful environmental impact caused by stick burn,” Rishika said.

Singh, who grows wheat, paddy and sugar cane on nearly 30 acres of farmland, said, “In our Mehrana village, we are now burning rods and using a machine to convert agricultural waste into briquettes.”

According to students, more than 180 tons of stubborn waste has been collected after each harvest since last year. It is sold in the market as briquettes and earns an additional income of Rs 5,834 per month.

However, if the specimens were collected and shipped by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, where they were tested and turned into briquettes, the machine was found to be “expensive”. Students said this was a big obstacle to increasing the project. Singh said they need transportation, good briquettes and machinery to market the product.

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