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Review and planning meeting of Indo-EU ‘Water4crops’ project held in New Delhi

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In order to cope with water scarcity in Agricultural Sector, Ministry of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology framed the “Water4crops” project.

On completion of 4 years of the Euro 9 Million Indian-European Union “Water4crops” project, the Delegates are arranged the Review and Planning Meeting

Project Worth: 9 Million Eurowater-4-crops-planning

Venue: New Delhi

Funded by:

  • Department of Biotechnology (DBT) under the governance of Ministry of Science & Technology
  • European Union

Features of the project:

  • To support the Green Economy in EU and India
  • Enhancement of bio-treated wastewater reuse to improve their efficiency
  • Decentralized Wastewater Treatment (DWT) is mainly progressed for the water scarcity problems.
  • It is implemented successfully in 28 sites in the Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka

Challenges in farming and solutions:

  • Straight use of waste water in agro based farming is not good for farmers and consumers
  • ‘Water4Crops’ schemes allocates wastewater treatment in order to facilitate crop cultivation
  • Low-quality industrial, domestic and municipal wastewater strengthening the development of various technologies for wastewater treatment

Extraordinary performance with the cultivation of plants:

  • Canna indica
  • Lemon grass (Cymbopogon)
  • Napier (Pennisetum perpureum x Pennisetum americarnum)
  • Para grass (Urochloa mutica)
  • Typha (Typha latifolia)
  • Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)
  • Water lettuce (Pistia stratiotes)
  • Agaratum Conyzoides

These plants are capable of absorbing toxic contents as well as nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potash, inter alia which are available in chemical fertilizers and soil.


  • S. Chowdary
  • K. VijayRaghavan, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology
  • Tomasz Kozlowski, Ambassador of the European Union to India

Other supported organization:

  • National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI)
  • MS Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Euro-India Research Centre (EIRC)