Bioremediation- The easy way out of chaos

The horizon for treatment of wastewater has expanded with the Namami Gange Project. Bioremediation with the help of microbes is the simple and most effective way out. All of us are aware of the situation that we have come into because of the indiscriminate disposal of waste into water bodies. The situation worsens further with the large number of festivals that a large country like India has.

Microbial remediation enables odor free cleaning of the river water. The microbes involved in the process are robust and retentive leading to long lasting impact. Thus it is very important that we take to microbial ways of waste management. In the long run it becomes of immense importance that we realize the value of natural ways of waste water management. Namami Gange is just one among many such projects that we should look forward to in the future.

An avoidable tragedy: Sorrow of Yavatmal

Sudhir Deshmukh (name changed) a farmer in Yavatmal last saw his fluffy cotton crops before he sprayed the poisonous insecticides. Little did he know that the use of these pesticides would take away his life leaving behind a family of four dependents.

Apparently all of us have long been aware of the long term harmfulness of the use of pesticides. But, perhaps this is not the case with the poor and illiterate farmers. This and many other failings of our society were seen in the heart rending Yavatmal tragedy which killed 13 farmers and left 248 of them suffering. Many among them are still struggling between life and death. The vital question in such a scenario is to find alternatives to avoid such a situation.

The sound and helpful alternative in such a scenario is a judicial mix of organic and chemical crop enhancers. At the same time it is even more vital to ensure that the chemicals that are potentially harmful are prevented from entering the market. Printing the instructions for use in regional languages and providing proper information and training to the farmers regarding sensible use of growth enhancers is vital. If we don’t learn our lessons now-it will be too late to rise up.

Anaerobic organic composting: The way ahead

Anaerobic organic composting is the new way ahead. With the BMC declaring that it would no more collect wet waste from large housing societies generating more then 50kg of wet waste, this has also become an important local concern. But, we must not miss out on the fact that composting has existed as a solution for years. The uniqueness that microbial technologies offer is one step ahead of even organic composting- it enables facultative composting winning over natural constraints to a large extent.

The factors that we must take care of in order to make effective composting happen are

  • Segregation of wet waste (organic waste) from other wastes
  • Maintenance of moisture
  • Cyclic turning of the bulk pile

Composting is more about a behavioral change than about lack of technical know how or economic constraints. Thus it is our responsibility both as individuals and citizens of India to take active strides to enable organic composting a trending reality.

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