Q. Which of the following is/are the benefits of Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) initiative?
1.Increase farmers’ income.
2.Reduce the price of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG).
3.Reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers.
Select the correct answer from the codes given below;

[A] 1 and 2 only

[B] 2 and 3 only

[C] 1 and 3 only

[D] .1, 2 and 3

Answer: D

The GoI has come up with Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme and allowed a private company to set up bio-CNG project in Punjab.

The Government of India has set a 5% CBG production target under the SATAT scheme. This target can be achieved with 30% of rice straw produced as suggested by FAO.

The scheme will a) Increase local entrepreneurship, increase farmers’ income and reduce the open burning of rice straw, b) Help in producing CBG at ₹46 per kg and paddy straw from one acre of the crop can yield energy output (CBG) worth more than ₹17,000 which in turn will benefit stakeholders involved in it, c) The fermented organic manure from the plant (CBG) will be useful as compost to replenish soils heavily depleted of organic matter and d) Reduce dependence on chemical fertilizers.

Source: A renewable energy revolution, rooted in agriculture