INDIACSR News Network
KORBA (Chhattisgarh): NTPC Ltd will provide fly ash free of cost to the farmers of Chhattisgarh saying the ash could increase fertility of the land.
NTPC organised a Kisan Mela to create an awareness towards using fly ash in agriculture.More than 300 farmers from the state participated in the mega event held in Katghora-Krisi Vigyan Kendra near Korba. Indira Gandhi Agriculture University also participated in the Kisan Mela and played active role in creating awareness on fly ash utilization in agriculture.
NTPC officials and scientists from the University interacted with the farmers on the use of fly ash to enhance the ph-value of the soil and thereby increase in fertility as well as productivity, a company release said today.
The farmers, who had come from nearby villages, took interest in utilization of fly ash generated by the power station.
Soil Scientist S S Singer also briefed the participants about the benefit of fly ash and said their team would extend cooperation to the farmers willing to use fly ash on their land, it added.
According to Dr KK Sahu, Public Relation Officer & principal scientist, Indira Gandhi Agriculture University, Raipur, fly ash being discharged by about 11 power plants in Chhattisgarh is calculated as 9.7 million tonne per year which could raise storage problem in the country in coming year. Use of fly ash in agriculture field concurrently resolve storage problem and also improve soil health.
NTPC Ltd. Korba Super Thermal Power Station, Korba (NTPC Korba) is generating electricity using coal as primary fuel. The installed capacity of the power station is 2600 MW. The approximate quantity of ash being produced annually is 60 LMT out of which approx. 50 LMT is the fly ash.