Project Monitoring Committee (PMC) meeting held on 14th – 15th January, 2019 at Medinipur (W.B.)
for the project entitled
“Commercialization of cow dung compost as a means of strain delivery by applying electromagnetic radiation emitted from radionuclides- 60Co: Alternative of Synthetic NPK”
M/s MSV Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Medinipur (E), West Bengal
TDBand M/s MSV Laboratories Pvt. Ltd., Medinipurentered into an agreement on 27thDecember, 2017for financial assistance of Rs. 631.00 lakh from TDB out of total project cost of Rs.1580.61 lakh.
M/s MSV Laboratories Pvt. Ltd. was incorporated in November 1991. The company is operating in the field of organic fertilizers, soil and plant pathology, bio-fertilizers with specific focus on Biotechnology & Atomic technology to add value to agriculture practices of millennium.In their pursuit to make available large volume of biological NPK & micronutrients having the capacity for soil correction, MSV Laboratories started to identify low cost and effective solid carriers for biological NPK and their sterilization process for large scale production.
Cow Dung Compost (CDC) has emerged as an alternative carrier of NPK Bio-fertilizer especially in the Indian context with a large number of livestock. Building upon this resource has many benefits namely (a) CDC has a texture comparable to soil; (b) strains of bio fertilizers embedded in CDC take lesser time to migrate to soil as compared to strains embedded in lignite/peat/ charcoal; (c) Organic composites in CDC have higher heat resistance capacity and farmers can store bio-fertilizers in room temperatures. Further, the company identified gamma sterilization of CDC by applying electromagnetic radiation emitted from radionuclides 60Co as a low cost, less time consuming and pollution-free method. Thus, the company undertook development of gamma radiation sterilized CDC as an alternative carrier of NPK Bio-fertilizer with the following aims:
- Application of a large quantity of CDC as effective solid carrier of bio-fertilizer. CDC is also a source of organic materials effective for correction of soil condition e.g. OC, pH, EC, water holding capacity and aeration etc.
- Application of effective dose of gamma radiation for CDC sterilization to reduce cost of production in large volume with ‘zero’ carbon emission
- Addition of desired strains of bacteria viz. N/P/K/PGPR with sterilized CDC for final production of their products viz. ‘BIO-DAP’ – Biological NP, ‘CARBO’ – Biological NPK & ‘HUMAUR’ – PGPR bio-fertilizers.
With TDB’s support, MSV laboratories envisages commercialization of these products. Going forward, the company aspires to establish its projects in different parts of India where bovine are densely populated like Anand, Bhagalpur, Karnal, Benaras and Siliguri.