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India’s TDB to back Sahi Fab to develop fibre from specific agri waste

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The Technology Development Board (TDB) under the department of science and technology (DST) recently signed an agreement with New Delhi-based Sahi Fab Private Limited for developing fibre from agricultural waste of stem materials like industrial hemp, flax and nettle, and commercialising the process.

TDB pledged ₹1.38 crore out of the total project cost of ₹2.08 crore.

India’s Technology Development Board recently signed an agreement with New Delhi-based Sahi Fab Pvt Ltd for developing fibre from agricultural waste of stem materials like industrial hemp, flax and nettle, and commercialising the process.
This is the first agreement under a TDB initiative to develop and commercialise waste management technologies.

This is the first agreement under a TDB initiative to develop and commercialise waste management technologies.

The extracted fibre will not only contribute to circular economy, but also raise farmers’ income by nearly seven times, an official release said.

The company has come up with an innovative solution by manufacturing fibre out of this waste in three steps. The hemp stem is first processed through the indigenously-developed decorticator machine. Next is wet processing, in which the extracted fibre is treated with alkali and enzymes using machines under high temperature and pressure.

In the third step, the treated fibre is individualised through carding and can be processed by different methods, one of them being needle punching (non-woven).

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