Source: News Bharati English20 Apr 2017 13:22:05

New Delhi, April 20: The whole world knows about the incredibility of India but still several international communitiey recognizes our nation very often. However, this time SGP- The Gef Small Grants Programme of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has recognized India’s Bhagirath Gramvikas Pratisthan for its extreme dedication and hard work done for poor and backward.
Notably, Bhagirath Gramvikas Pratisthan is working on the massive project of forming biogas plants which can be used as an alternate clean energy for economic empowerment of Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs). The main objective of this project is to give support to the extremely poor farmers, benefits of additional income, convenience, health and hygiene benefits for stability and better lifestyle.

This project will be implemented in 50 core villages and will cover nearly 3500 HHs which belongs to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) from Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra and will cover approximate 4500 acres of land (Nearest city: Kudal).

The project will be implemented in 50 core villages and will cover nearly 3500 HHs which belongs to the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTGs) from Sindhudurg District of Maharashtra and will cover approximate 4500 acres of land (Nearest city: Kudal).

Benefits of the project:

  • The project will generate employment for needy and poor persons.
  • Travis (cage which is required to tie the animal for inoculation) will be arranged in every village for improving the health of the animals.
  • The farmers will be guided to pursue additional income generation activities.
  • Women will save at least 2-3 hours every day due to the use of biogas for cooking and will utilize the time for generating income for themselves and their families.
  • Use of biogas will improve the health of women.
  • Emission from GHG and use of fossil fuels will be reduced.
  • Poor, landless farmers will be strengthened due to poverty eradication through increased incomes because of milk and better nutrition- better health etc.

Background:

Bhagirath has installed over 5,000 biogas units across Sindhudurga district because of easy loan and subsidy from district banks. The government also extended its support by providing a subsidy for biogas users. Now, an organization is aiming to install 20,000 by 2020. There is an efficient team of 60 technicians for installation and after-sales services of biogas units.

However, implementation of Biogas plants plays a major role in our success. Earlier, most of the households used to use firewood for cooking. The smoke created, led to health issues such as breathing problems, eye problems, etc. The kitchen area and cooking vessels would turn black and ultimately it was a mess to cook this way.

Biogas plants served as more than a solution for this problem. A biogas plant requires about 10 x 10 ft area, some cow dung to start off with and regular organic waste to keep it running. The input materials burn completely resulting in zero waste. It is an environment-friendly, economical and low-maintenance affair. This is the reason why not just financially weak but people from middle and upper middle class are opting for biogas units.

Multi-pronged and long-term benefits of biogas are already noticeable in villages. Housewives who used to spend a lot of time and energy for collecting firewood and cooking are now using that time for other productive tasks. The slurry generated through biogas is an excellent organic manure that is being used in the farms. Since biogas plants work well with cow dung, they are also becoming an extra income source for villagers who maintain their cattle well. More and more villagers are being encouraged to buy and maintain healthy cattle.

UNDP established in 1992, the year of the Rio Earth Summit, the GEF Small Grants Programme embodies the very essence of sustainable development by "thinking globally acting locally". By providing financial and technical support to projects that conserve and restore the environment while enhancing people's well-being and livelihoods, SGP demonstrates that community action can maintain the fine balance between human needs and environmental imperatives.