CEF Group to help turn Dal Lake waste into organic manure for Kashmiri farmers

CEF Group, an energy solutions company, will start processing 70,000 tons of lake waste like weeds and lilies from Dal Lake in Srinagar from August.

A media release said the waste will be treated and processed at CEF’s upcoming plant in Srinagar to produce around 24,000 tonnes of compost annually.

Quoting Maninder Singh Nayar, founder and CEO of CEF Group, he said that thousands of tons of waste generated every year from Dal Lake is a source of pollution and poses a problem for the local people.

We aim to solve this problem at its root. We have the technology, expertise and experience to turn this extracted waste into 24,000 tons of compost annually.”

Increase yield

The compost from the Dal Lake waste will be made available to local farmers, which will increase their yield and promote organic farming in the area.

The media release said farmers in Kashmir are currently paying huge sums of money for organic fertilizer which is supplied from states like Uttar Pradesh and Haryana, due to high transportation costs.

The CEF project will help provide affordable compost. In addition, the waste processing plant will provide employment opportunities for the local population. Nayyar said in the statement that this project will raise the level of organic agriculture in the region and help replace chemical fertilizers.

Bashir Ahmed Bhatt, Vice President of the Dal Lake Authority, said: “Lake litter has been a long-standing problem and we are delighted that CEF Group and NAFED in collaboration with NAFED are offering sustainable solutions. In addition to waste treatment, compost will be produced in the state itself, which will benefit farmers and local communities financially. Local employment by the company will help in the profits of the local people in the area. We hope to take this collaboration to a higher level so that growing concerns about climate change are addressed.”

Kamalendra Srivastava, Executive Director of NAFED, said: “We need to increase this collaboration and innovative solutions to achieve our climate change goals and promote green growth in the country. We believe that the Dal Lake waste processing plant will inspire other countries to integrate such partnerships and promote environmentally sustainable solutions for waste management.”