The Peerumade grama panchayat will adopt the Thumburmuzhi model aerobic composting technique for waste management. The technique was developed by Francis Xavier, Professor at the Cattle Breeding Farm of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University.
The technique has been approved by the United Nations as among the four ideal rural technologies for Indian farmers. It is an eco-friendly waste treatment plant where aerobic degradation of waste takes place instead of decaying. A treatment plant has two separate tanks for waste treatment and a ferro cement slab foundation.
It is also an effective way of making manure. The compost is formed out of a 6-inch layer of cow dung and 6-inch layer of dry leaves or paper. Every six inch waste is covered in it. The dry leaves and the cow dung facilitate the growth of bacteria. The degradation occurs at 70 degrees Celsius.
This can be used as manure after 90 days and sold in packets.
The grama panchayat is planning to make 10 units in the first phase of the project and the aim is waste treatment at source. An official of the grama panchayat said that technique was adopted in view of lack of proper waste disposal places in the panchayat. If found successful, it would be extended to more areas. The panchayat will construct a waste collecting centre utilising the Rs. 13 lakh allotted by the Suchithwa Mission. A unit would cost Rs. 18,500. With it, the panchayat authorities hope to control public waste being deposited at Kokkayar on the Kumily-Kuttikanam road. The official said the panchayat authorities recently visited the plants that have been successfully implemented in Alappuzha district.
Panchayat plans to make 10 units in Phase I
To construct waste collection centre using Suchitwa Mission aid of Rs. 13 lakh