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ISSUE IV | VOLUME 02 | April 2016 
 
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Meeting with officials from SNV , 6th April 2016 and Mr. Andreas Schmidt and Ms. Jeannette Laramee from BORDA, 18th April 2016
Early in the month, we had a visit from representatives of SNV, Smart Development Works, Netherlands to get an overview of the work done by CDD Society. The senior experts included Mr. Rajeev Munankami, Senior Advisor/ FSM Programme Leader, Mr. Sahidul Islam, WASH Advisor and Mr. Reza Patwary, Inclusive Growth Expert. The experts shared their experiments with reuse of co-composted faecal sludge with municipal organic waste in agricultural production in Bangladesh. The Nexus Project team also presented their work on the field and showed experts the plot cultivated with treated wastewater in Beedi Workers’ Colony. From 18th-22nd April, similar visits were also made by Mr. Andreas Schmidt and Ms. Jeannette Laramee from BORDA.
 
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Visit to partner organisation, EcoPro in Auroville, 18th- 21st April 2016
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Nexus Team members, Susanne and Tanvi visited the partner organisation, EcoPro in Auroville, Pondicherry. The discussions were made on future plan of implementation, monitoring and evaluation in pilot sites. Our representative from BORDA, Geeta also visited the pilot sites to explore the potential of scaling up EcoSan-based Nexus Approach in future. A visit to Kalrayan Hills was also made to understand the interventions made by EcoPro under promoting safe sanitation and hygiene as well as nutrition among tribal children. The visit was a productive one with preliminary planning for a proposed conference on “Mainstreaming agriculture in WASH discourse” also completed. This conference is scheduled for June 2016 in Auroville/ Pondicherry, organised by EcoPro in collaboration with CDD Society.

 
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Visit to University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, 20th April 2016
img-570-120 Nexus team member, Girija had visited GKVK, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore to hold discussions with Dr. V.R. Ramakrishna Parama, Professor, Soil Science Department. The discussions involved Co-composting of faecal sludge with urban wetwaste in Devanahalli and on the availability of lab facility in the college for testing soil, wastewater and the sludge samples. She also visited the Sewage treatment plant in GKVK which is connected to the campus hostel buildings to explore the scope of Nexus intervention by reusing this treated wastewater in agriculture. The team is in discussion with the concerned authorities regarding the same. The meeting was also held with the Professor and head of Food and Nutrition department regarding Nexus project and the support required from the department for addressing under-nourishment in Anganawadi centres of Nexus pilot sites.
 
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Bygone Cropping season, Beedi workers colony Nexus pilot site
img-570-120 We have had 20 harvests from the last cropping season from our Beedi workers colony pilot site of 350 square meters area (cultivable land) where we are reusing treated wastewater in agriculture under Nexus project. We have harvested 23.1 kg of cluster beans, 25.5 kg of french beans, 179.8 kg of tomatoes, 5.4 kg of garden pea, 115.8 kg of brinjal, 24.7 kg of chillies, and around 8 kg of cow pea and 9.8 kg of okra. This produce was distributed to the Anganawadi School and few identified members of economically weaker section of the community on a rotational basis. We have followed the necessary safety measures for wastewater agriculture in the pilot site at each stage of crop production like crop restrictions, furrow irrigation, use of safety gears, treated wastewater under UV radiation in polishing pond for reducing pathogen load, etc. We also tested the produce for pathogen contamination in test laboratories before distribution and the test reports indicated no pathogen content.
 
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Crop Production Plan, Kharif season 2016
img-570-120 The team has prepared the crop production plan of Beedi workers colony pilot site for the upcoming Kharif season 2016, for reusing treated wastewater in agriculture. This year, the team has planned to grow nutrient rich crops like pulses apart from vegetable and fruit as the year 2016 is declared as the International Year of Pulses, which will celebrate the sustainability of grain legumes. Pulses contribute to the future of food security and reduce the environmental footprint of food production, especially by fixing nitrogen to improve soil quality. The multiple cropping systems like Intercropping, Relay cropping, Multi-tier vegetable cropping system and crop rotation will be introduced for effective utilisation of nutrients. Also, other inputs will be used that can improve soil fertility status, suppress weed growth, minimise crop failure and provide diverse food output. Moreover, the team also plans to implement innovative practices like use of treated faecal sludge and co-composted faecal sludge with household wet waste to enrich the soil nutrient content. The team is also planning to introduce aquaculture in the coming months to further enhance the quality of treated wastewater.
 
 
ISWATS International Conference, Pune, Maharashtra- 21st-23rd April 2016
img-570-120 The team members attended an International conference called ISWATS on ‘Innovations in Sustainable Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems’ in Pune city, Maharashtra. This conference was jointly organised by Natural Water systems and Treatment Technologies to cope with water shortages in urbanized areas in India (NaWaTech), Safeguarding Water Resources in India with Green and Sustainable Technologies (SWINGS), Supporting Consolidation, Replication and up-scaling of Sustainable Wastewater Treatment and Reuse Technologies for India (Saraswati), ECO-India, and Water4Crops. It gave an opportunity to meet and discuss the potential of Nexus Project with experts from University of Agricultural Sciences- Dharwad, representatives from ICRISAT Development Centre (International Crop Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) and experts working in industrial UV treatment and disinfection.
 
 
Co-Composting preparations in full swing at Devanahalli, 27th April 2016
img-570-120 The project team member Susanne is working on site along with the technical team members to kick start the co-composting activities. The ground work involves huge challenges related to clearing the neighbouring land which is filled with solid waste and getting the identified plot prepared for the upcoming crop season due in May 2016. The team members are currently involved in soil testing as well as formal clearances with the Town Municipal Corporation for agricultural activities in the identified plot.
 
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