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National Mission on Himalayan Studies

Implemented by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC)
Nodal and Serving hub with G.B. Pant National Institute of Himalayan Environment & Sustainable Development

Project Title:

Development of Psychrophilic Earthworms for Bio-Waste Conversion in Guraj and Tulail Valleys


of Jammu & Kashmir

1. Project Details
Sanction Date: 31-03-2016
Project Category SG
Year 2015-2016
Project Duration 3 Years
BTGs: Biodiversity Conservation and Management
Project Site/ State/ Districts/ Villages Covered:

Guraz and Tulail valleys of Jammu & Kashmir

Organization/ Implementation Agency: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kasmir, Shalimar, Srinagar
Project Partners: S.No. Name Roles & Responsibilities
Sub Divisional Agricultural Officer, Department of Agriculture Dawar, Guraz, Bandipora

1. Facilitate the identification of progressive farmers of Guraz & Tulial sub divisions of Distt. Bandipora

2. To facilitate the construction of biowaste conversion units.

3.To help in dissemination of technology among farmers at large scale.

Lead Proponent:

Dr. Tahir Ahmad Sheikh

Assistant Professor ( Agronomy )

Sher- E Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir

Project Brief Description: Rapid increase in waste volume from different sources can be one of the important aspects of the environmental crisis in near future. On another hand, un-engineered dumpsites can pose a serious threat to groundwater resources and destroy soil structure due to lake of availability of organic soil and percolated water in form leachate. In Kashmir region, Guraz&Tulial towns possess a greater challenge due to solid wastes. Also, huge amounts of bio wastes are left over from the markets throughout these towns. In this project, Vermi-technology will be used for converting waste into nutritious composts for crop production. It is also an opportunity to produce high-potential organic fertilizer, capable of enhancing soil fertility, and protecting the environment. The present project will also support in exploration of bio-waste conversion technology and its implementation/utilization among tribal communities (~8000-10000) in Guraz&Tulial towns as well as exploration and utilization of psychrophilic earthworm species, is expected to facilitate the development of cost effective and economically feasible technology. In this project, knowledge and skills developed in selected villages will be conduct for the management of solid waste/organic waste to produce rich compost, which can help villagers to keep their surroundings clean and green besides developing and improving soil structure by its application. The project falls under the broad thematic group of ‘Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity’of the National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS).
Beneficiaries/ Stakeholders:

• Agriculture and farming communities and tribal farmers in the area.

• Research and local communities' institutions.

Activity Chart (For 3 years): Click Here

2. Financial Details
Total Grants (in Rs.) Rs.14,40,000/-( Rupees fourteen lakh forty thousand only)
1st Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.4,79,000/- (Rupees- Four lakh seventy nine thousand only)
2nd Installment (in Rs.) : Rs.3,97,259 /- (Rupees- Three lakh ninty seven thousand two hundrded fifty nine only)
Expenditure (in Rs.) : 0.04 Cr

3. Project Objectives, Deliverables and Monitoring Indicators
Project Objectives Quantifiable Deliverables Monitoring Indicators
Collection, identification and maintenance of dominant species of earthworms from different habitats of Guraz & Tulial valleys of the region Development of pilot scale model to convert biodegradable wastes (animal, vegetable, other bio wastes) into a useful soil amendment that could be added to agricultural land Pilot-scale Model for Biodegradable Waste Conversion into Useful Soil Amendments along with supporting knowledge/ information products developed (kg. of waste composted)
Screening & development of efficient psychrophilic earthworm species for their exploitation in bio-waste degradation within the valleys and utilization of vermin compost for sustainable agricultural development. Data on exploration and utilization of psychrophilic earthworm species under extreme environmental conditions Assessment Reports and best utilization practices of psychrophilic earthworm species under extreme environmental conditions(Nos.).
Demonstrate methodologies employed & skill development among farmers. Development of a cost-effective and economically feasible technology Communities engaged in awareness workshops/ meetings/ programmes (Nos.)
  Capacity building of farming communities Women participation in capacity building programmes (Nos.)
Development of cold tolerant vermin culture.






S.No. Name Qualification Designation Salary
1. Dr. Sartaj Ahmad Wani Ph.D Soil Sciences Field Assistant Rs. 12000/-
1. Mr. Farhat Hamid 10th Skilled worker Rs. 5000/-
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Last Updated on: 23.04.2019