Training Programme-cum-National Workshop on Compost and Cook-Stove

CEE organized a two-day Training Programme-cum-National Workshop on compost and energy efficient cook-stoves from 17 th to 18th March 2016 at Hajipur, Barabanki, under the Global Environment Facility/United Nations Development Programme-supported Small Grants Programme (GEF-UNDP SGP), in collaboration with the local partner, Muskan Jyoti Samiti (MJS).

The NGOs and farmers came from 12 states of India (Assam, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Gujrat, Odisha, etc.) and learned the scientific techniques of composting. A total of 190 participants took part in the workshop. NABARD and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lucknow adopted farmers also attended the workshop. The show-casing of Mobile Exhibition “Prakriti Bus on biodiversity” was done to enhance their understanding on agricultural and livestock biodiversity.

After the formal welcome of participants by MJS, Dr. Abdhesh Gangwar and Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia shared their thoughts on sustainable agriculture and CEE's ongoing initiatives/programs. The dignitaries present at the event were Mr. Anil Arora, GEF-UNDP SGP; Mr. P Srinivas Vasu, SOIL; Mr. R K Singh, KVK; Mr. Sudhir Singh, Uttar Pradesh Livelihood Mission (UPLM); Mr. Mewa Lal, MJS; Mr. Sumit Verma, Mr. P. Srinivas Vasu and Mr. Nand Kishore.

The varied topics discussed were importance of the use of energy-efficient cook-stoves, dependency of human life on soil, aspects of soil health, health of animals, their linkage with healthy plants & fodder, schemes available for farmers, skill development scheme available to the SHGs and how the SHGs can link with Banks to increase their livelihood options, etc. Demonstration of the making of compost in a scientific manner, on how to make liquid manure in 15 days by agro waste in a drum, Panchagavya technique, and cook-stove making took place.

As an outcome of this training-cum-workshop, a total commitment of 3,800 cook-stoves was made, in addition to a commitment of 4,500 already adopted by them in their respective programs. This additional commitment will save 7,600 kgs of fire-wood per day (3,800 x 2 kg per day), which is expected to reduce carbon emission of 4,389 MTs per annum (7,600 x 1.65 CO2 x 350 days average).