Punjab Project India
Following the annual harvest, rice farmers who, in the main are independent and operating on a small scale, resort to the burning of the remaining rice stubble in situ, primarily to prepare their fields for wheat planting.
The scale of rice farming is significant, particularly in the states of Punjab and Haryana, thus, the burning of rice stubble creates a significant pollutant, which has had devastating effects in the surrounding areas, most publicly, in New Delhi, which witnessed, in 2019, catastrophic levels of air pollution with crop burning recognised as a major contributor.
Vantage Waste Processing Limited considered this scenario and were convinced that processing rice stubble through their process, thus dispensing with uncontrolled burning and harmful air pollution, would provide a major solution to this perennial problem.
To fully ascertain that there were no characteristics of rice straw which were unsuitable for the Vantage Waste Process, a large quantity, remaining after harvest, was collected in Punjab, and shipped to the facility in Bournemouth.
A video was shot from the arrival of the consignment at Bournemouth, to the manufacture of fuel briquettes, made from the processed rice straw, only two hours later.
The advantages of treating the rice straw in this way are manifold:
These, in turn, can be easily shipped to an end-user, such as a power station, which can utilise them as an alternative to the incineration of raw waste.
The air pollution resulting from straw stubble burning is eliminated.
Farmers burn the stubble as it is the cheapest and easiest solution, important consideration when funds are not available. However, this indiscriminate burning is increasingly unlawful
Providing a cost free alternative allows farmers to benefit from the environmental advantages while following the due process of law.
Vantage Waste Processing Limited are delighted to have been chosen as the technology provider for the first project to incorporate all the above benefits, to be sited in Punjab.
The site is expected to be operational in early 2022.
To discuss how VWP Waste Processing Limited and their technology can assist your particular requirements, please get in touch.