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Initiatives taken for green tea gardening


GUWAHATI, June 30 - Clubbing the benefits of health and hygiene and envisaging greater community participation in the process of solid waste management, an NGO called Environ has introduced an innovative concept of �domestic organic green tea gardening� along with the solid waste management.

The initiative is a bid to attract the people towards a sustained solid waste management activity, which still remains ineffective, despite several initiatives and schemes taken up so far. The invention, waste assimilator, if effectively put to use, can go a long way in enhancing the green cover and can also be converted into a commercially viable startup.

Environ president Dr Amarjyoti Kashyap said, �Through the use of waste assimilator, households are now producing bio-pest repellent and organic manure in the form of micronutrients, vermi-wash and vermi-compost from the household generated biodegradable solid waste and practicing. The assimilator facilitates faster aerobic microbial digestion, and is odour free.� The invention has also got a provisional patent.

Green tea and black tea come from the same plant scientifically known as Camellia Sinensis. It is the difference in the processing that rips the black tea of its inherent qualities. Green tea, on the other hand, retains the anti-oxidant properties and now is widely used.

�Ours is simplified technology for producing organic green tea at household level. Waste assimilator can manage all the household generated biodegradable solid waste within the residential campus and even inside the balcony of an apartment. It can produce �bio-pest repellent� and �organic manure� in the form of micronutrients, at household level from daily generated biodegradable solid waste.

�The concept of Swachh Bharat cannot be achieved without each and every component of the society realising its importance. Since garbage is generated mostly in households, management must start from there,� he added.

The concept has already been put to use in Palashbari, Kamrup and Goalpara towns.

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