Integrated Renewable Energy and Sustainable Agriculture (IRESA)
It is a complete package of activities around the central theme of household level biogas units. The focus is on optimal use of existing resources for sustainable energy generation for cooking and value added organic manure production for soil fertility. The approach enables the farmers to fulfill the energy and soil nutrient requirements through the following measures:
- Introduction of pre-fabricated biogas technology, which is compact, standardised, failure-proof and clean.
- Reducing carbon emission by saving on firewood and trapping methane from cow dung and using it for cooking purpose.
- Introduction of an integrated package consisting of a well-tested, low cost, in-house developed slurry filter, affecting upto 50% water recycling and better slurry handling.
- Integration of composting and vermicomposting using sludge and other biomass for enhanced production of quality manure resulting in avoiding use of chemical fertilisers.
- Establishment of decentralized enterprise model for biogas plant based PROM production.
- Guiding farmers on downstream production of cash crops on intensive small plots for higher earnings.
- This technology package makes possible Environmental Gains such as reduced Carbon Footprint and Water Footprint and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. Over 300 installations have been achieved across BAIF project areas.
Phosphate Rich Organic Manure (PROM)
This is an alternative to chemical fertilisers, which is made by giving suitable training and guidance to Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs). The IRESA model is designed to be made operational as a rural social enterprise. The value added product of IRESA is called Phosphate Rich Organic Manure (PROM). PROM is produced by co-composting of high grade (32% P2O5) rock phosphate in very fine size with the digested slurry cake from biogas plant.
BAIF Programmes directly address the following six SDGs: