Disadvantages of burning Sawdust/Chaff/Straw

  • Open burning chaff as a method of disposal is worrisome as a result of the associated air pollutants and their effects on air quality and public health.
  • This also adversely affects the nutrient budget and beneficial microorganism in the soil.
  • Burning creates severe air pollution on and off farms. People are affected by smoke and polluted air in farming areas and hundreds of kilometers away from farms.
  • lose of essential moisture in field, Continuous burning of rice straw will lead to severe degradation of the soil in farmers’ fields.
  • Straw burning releases CO2 — a greenhouse gas — that will aggravate global warming and climate change.
  • Risk of fires spreading out of control.

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