66K tons of rice straws collected from Egyptian farmers for recycling


Sat, 19 Sep 2020 - 12:41 GMT

A site of rice straw collection in Egypt’s Delta- press photo

A site of rice straw collection in Egypt’s Delta- press photo

CAIRO – 19 September 2020: A total of 66,000 tons of rice straws have been collected from farmers nationwide during the current season of rice harvest to be used as artificial organic fertilizer and as animal fodder for livestock, according to a statement by the Ministry of Environment on Friday. 
In a way to reduce Egypt’s main cause of air pollution, the Ministry of Environment is collecting rice straws nationwide for animal fodder and furniture manufacturing. Rice straws could also be used for the industry of paper, bricks, and furniture and for the production of biogas.
Minister of Environment Yasmine Fouad stated that 21 cases of burning agricultural waste were reported after being monitored by the latest technologies.
Egypt is known with what is called ‘the Black Cloud,” a thick layer of smog from burning rice straw that spreads across Cairo for an extended period of time.
Rice straw is being exported internally and it is hard to be exported outside due to the expected high cost of price, an importer told Egypt Today on Saturday.
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