DC inaugurates bio-digester plant

KHONSA, Jun 27: Tirap DC PN Thungon on Thursday inaugurated a bio-digester plant, Nisargruna, developed by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, at the Ramakrishna Sarada Mission School (RKSMS) here.
The DC also flagged off eight Mahindra Bolero pickup vans on the occasion.
The programme was organized by the district’s community resource management society under the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Society (NERCORMP).
The NERCORMP’s Tirap and Longding Project Director (PD), Ruzing Bellai, informed that the Nisargruna bio-digester plant, “with 50 kg capacity,” has been installed under the newly-launched Science & Technology Intervention in the NE Region initiative of the DoNER ministry.
The bio-digester plant will help prevent pollution and provide a disposal solution for biodegradable kitchen waste, animal remains in abattoirs, hospital wastes, cow dung, sugarcane bagasse, water hyacinth, etc.
The principal of the RKSMS praised the NERCORMP for fulfilling the school’s need by providing the bio-digester for proper disposal of the school’s kitchen waste.
The inauguration of the plant was followed by the flagging off of eight Mahindra Bolero pickup vans for natural resources management groups (NaRMG) and self-help groups (SHG) promoted by the NERCORMP in Tirap and Longding districts, covering Kanubari, Lawnu, Pongchau, Longding, Dadam, Namsang and Wakka blocks.
The PD said the pickup vans would facilitate transportation of farm produces of NaRMGs and SHGs to the nearby markets, besides collection of the agricultural produces grown in the districts to the collection centres.
The DC advised the NaRMG functionaries to ensure proper maintenance of the vehicles, and to avail the benefits of the NERCORMP’s initiatives in the two districts.
Thungon also launched ‘arecanut plates’ made by members of SHG Mensopo, of Noksa village. The small-scale arecanut plates-making unit is supported by the NERCORMP, in order to utilize arecanut plant wastes into biodegradable plates, spoons and cups, which can become a source of income generation for the SHG members of the NERCORMP project villages where arecanut plantations are widely available.
ADC Jalash Pertin, HoDs, NERCORMP officials, and members of the project communities were present on the occasion.