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UPL: nurture.farm completes largest ever project to eliminate stubble buring in India

The CRM program impact report has evidenced benefits across reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improvements in soil health and farmer livelihoods, as well as reduced usage of fertilizers.

December 09, 2021 2:35 IST | India Infoline News Service
nurture.farm, a part of UPL’s OpenAg network and a wholly owned subsidiary of UPL made an announcement on completion of its largest ever project to eliminate stubble burning in India and publishing of the Crop Residue Management (CRM) impact report.

The CRM program impact report has evidenced benefits across reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improvements in soil health and farmer livelihoods, as well as reduced usage of fertilizers.

Results published in the CRM program impact report indicate 92% overall stubble burn avoidance across the enrolled farms, with close to 420,000 acres of land saved from being burnt, resulting in the prevention of 1,038,965 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from being released.

Through the CRM program, nurture.farm supported over 25,000 farmers across 23 districts in Punjab and Haryana with access to farm mechanisation, and a bio-enzyme to decompose their crop stubble. Over the course of the project, over 1000 field personnel from nurture.farm led a fleet of more than 700 boom sprayers serviced over 420,000 acres of paddy fields with the bio-enzyme, developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), free of cost to the farmers. When sprayed onto the stubble, the PUSA bio-decomposer enzyme decomposes the stubble in 20-25 days, increasing organic carbon in the soil and maintaining overall soil health.

Satellite monitoring of the paddy fields – in partnership with the European Space Agency – was used to identify farms that had been burnt at least once between 2018-2020, and was also used to help analyse farmers adherence to the program. For ensuring the program’s efficiency and scale, nurture.farm developed three mobile applications to improve farmer connectivity and educate farmers on regenerative practices, conduct area mapping, arrange spraying schedules, and monitor machine and equipment use.

At around 2.33 pm, UPL was trading at Rs735.15  per piece up by 0.95% on Sensex. 

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