Biomass India: from agricultural waste to valuable resource

India, the second-largest producer of rice in the world, is sitting on a mountain of raw material, without realistic options to cash in on it. Therefore each year, farmers burn nearly 100 million tonnes of straw, releasing a lot of C02 in the process. Indian and Dutch organisations have teamed up to convert waste into climate-positive products.

Biomass India

Because of limited financial resources, machinery and manpower rice straw is hardly harvested today. The Biomass India consortium buys the residue rice straw, providing farmers with a reason not to burn the product, but sell it. This agricultural waste is then turned into various sustainable products and services, such as packaging or construction panels.

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This article was first published on 31 March 2022 on


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