What are Agricultural Wastes?

 Agricultural wastes are the wastes produced from agricultural operations, including waste from Plant Remains, Animal Wastes, and Fertilizers.

Classification of Agricultural Wastes

Plant Remains or Crop ResiduesField Residues: Wastes left in agricultural fields after harvesting, straw of barley, wheat, sorghum, and rye.
Process Residue: These are the remains discarded after the crops are processed. It includes husks, seeds, and bagasse.
Animal wastesSlurry, poultry litters
Processing WastesWastes produced by agro-based industries. It includes stalks and press mud (wastes produced during the process of purification of sugar to make it free from dirt and colour).
FertilizersComponents of fertilizers such as nitrogen, phosphorus, or potassium
Pesticides and InsecticidesContains dangerous chemicals such as nitrogen. Sulphur and DDT affect humans by entering the food chain.


Waste Management-I

Waste refers to any discarded material which no longer remains useful. According to the Environment Protection Act, 1990, waste is any substance that constitutes a scrap material, or effluent, or an unwanted surplus that arises out of the application of any process. Read more

Waste Management-II

If wastes are allowed to accumulate and are not disposed of carefully, then they will not only affect our environment but will also affect our health. When accumulated wastes are left open and unattended, they begin to decompose. Read more

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