Farmers think of ways to use rice straw
Southeast Asian farmers and stakeholders are still searching for environment-friendly ways to deal with the millions of tons of rice straw that are left in the fields after harvest.
Rice straw is usually burned in the field because it is easier, but it has detrimental effects on the environment and human health.
A new project on scalable straw management options has been launched in the Philippines, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The project seeks to provide a holistic approach to identify and promote environmentally sustainable options to manage rice straw while improving livelihood of smallholder farmers.
In Vietnam, a forum was also held on the elimination of rice straw burning in the field.
The Mekong River Delta produces about 10 million tons of rice straw.
During a recent workshop in Vietnam, which was also attended by representatives from Southeast Asian countries, the rice straw management ideas include carbonizing the straw into biochar, using a baler to gather straw faster instead of manually, mushroom production, and organic fertilizer.