Abiding by the nation-wide campaign of Swachh Bharat Mission(SBM), the Dibrugarh district administration has converted a huge plot of dumping ground measuring about 11 hectares into a beautiful organic hub.
The plot which was once a dumping ground, presently houses 1.20 lakh banana trees, more than 500 varieties of flowers, fruits, high-value wood and medicinal plants. Not only this but it also has a separate one hectare of the ground for the extraction of rose water with blooming roses.
The organic hub has been created without any financial assistance from the government by the community members under the supervision of the Managing Director of Manohari Tea Estate, Rajan Lohia. A community-level bio-degradable solid waste management unit was also set up in the Tea Estate in Mohanbari Gram Panchayat, Lahowal Block. The unit can process about 20 lakh kgs of compost/fertilizers per year.
Meanwhile, taking the waste management to another level and encouraging people to shun the use of single-use plastic, the garden has a plantation of nearly 7600 betel nut plants for provision raw materials for organic disposable utensils.
With the major initiatives, the organic hub has become a tourist destination attracting tourists from across the country.
Recently, an 88-member team of SBM from 17 districts of the state had visited the site to avail the learning techniques to set up similar plants in their respective districts.
The hub is also generating employment in the district as 10 women Self Help Groups have produced more than 20,000 kgs of vermicompost.
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