A Study on the Cause and Effects of Paddy Straw Burning by Farmers in Fields and Proposal of Using Rice Husk as a Novel Ingredient in Pottery Industry

Authored by: Shikha Tuteja , Vinod Karar , Ravinder Tonk

Handbook of Sustainable Development through Green Engineering and Technology

Print publication date:  September  2022
Online publication date:  September  2022

Print ISBN: 9780367650926
eBook ISBN: 9781003127819
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Much of the Indian population is primarily dependent, directly or indirectly, on agricultural products, for grains, cereals, vegetables, hotels and restaurants, catering businesses, the packed food industry, etc. Almost one-sixth of India's gross domestic product is because of agricultural products, and thus, it provides a livelihood to a large population. About 60% of the total land area available in India is used for this purpose. Because of the green revolution, India is able to support its huge population and also export a variety of cereal, pulses, and vegetables. But this also poses an issue because the rice crop is grown over a large area. The rice crop poses two problems. First of all, it requires a lot of water supply to grow and sustain the rice crop. Second, rice stubble burning by farmers is a severe problem, causing a lot of environmental, health, political, and socio-economic issues. This research work concentrates on discussing the various causes and effects of burning paddy straw and also the alternate options of using paddy straw or rice husk to make useful products or use it as an alternate fuel source.

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