Bihar offers subsidy for compost boost

Patna: The Bihar agriculture department has come up with a special scheme that entails giving subsidy to those opting to set up compost production units to promote production of vermicompost in Bihar.

Unlike chemical fertilisers, which adversely hit the soil quality in the long run, the vermicompost are made using natural substances and are considered good for preserving the soil fertility. Vermicompost is used in organic farming.

According to the scheme details, those setting up vermicompost production unit of 1,000 metric tonnes capacity would be entitled for a subsidy of 40 per cent of the project cost which would not be more than Rs 6.4 lakh. Similarly in case of production units having capacity of 2,000 metric tonnes and 3,000 metric tonnes the upper limit of the subsidy amount would be Rs 12.8 lakh and Rs 20 lakh respectively.