AAUR, UN-Habitat to jointly develop compost facility

ISLAMABAD: Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) and the UN-Habitat would work together for the development of composting facility with an aim to reuse the waste materials, and to minimise waste production.
This was decided in a meeting between AAUR Vice Chancellor Rai Niaz Ahmad and UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager Bella Evidente on Wednesday, said a press release. UN-Habitat team leader Tauqeer Ahmad, AAUR advanced studies Director Arshad Nawaz, dean, and senior officials of the university were also present on the occasion. In the meeting, the participants discussed the technical and practical aspects of composting waste using simple technologies. Both of the institutes agreed to provide technical support to the farmers for the set-up of compost heaps using their farm waster to reduce the overuse of chemical fertilizers. They agreed to conduct compost production courses to create awareness of organic fertilizer to the farmers.
Both institutes agreed to update people on the development of innovative composting technologies to enhance the effectiveness, aesthetics, and applicability of the composted material to increase acceptability among smallholder farmers.
They agreed to increase participants’ knowledge on proper handling of composted organic fertilizer to eliminate any risks associated with their use, and identify policy options for promoting innovative composting alternatives use in an integrated soil fertility management approach.
The collaboration would also be helpful to enable the community people to acquire the knowledge and skills on household’s waste management through composting, and recycling techniques for organic materials by processing organic waste to compost.
Niaz on the occasion said that agriculture is the primary source of livelihood for the majority of the rural communities in Pakistan, and it is not easy to end the use of chemical fertilizers, as this directly impacts their output.
However, encouraging the use of organic fertilizer, made from composting farm waster like groundnut stock, rice straw, and corn husk is a mean to reduce the dependence on chemical fertilizer, he added.

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