Mechanization and postharvest experts at IRRI held a sustainable rice straw management training for the country’s different rice industry sectors on 13-14 December 2022 in Thailand. The training was conducted under the Thai Rice Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Project funded by the NAMA Facility and implemented by the Thai Rice Department and GIZ.
The widespread open-field burning of rice straw is a major contributor to dangerously high levels of air pollution in South and Southeast Asia and is associated with health issues. Several alternatives were being offered to farmers and other stakeholders. However, basic information on the sustainable management of rice straw still remains to be disseminated.
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