Rice planting is one of the important activity we should promote in our agriculture here in the Philippines. Half of the world’s population demands rice every day surveyed last 2012. Meaning, rice planters needs to double their effort to produce the rice needed by the people to sustain their needs. But what can we contribute to the farmers for them to help save money, time and effort in planting rice.
As farmers harvest rice every season, there are what we call Rice Stalks or Rice Straw together with the grains. Rice stalk is the vegetative part of the rice plant, cut at grain harvest or after. It may be burned and left on the field before the next ploughing, ploughed down as soil improver or used as a feed for livestock. Rice straw is a major forage in rice-producing areas.
There are articles regarding rice stalk that they feed it to the buffalos and it will be converted into milk. However, the energy in the rice stalk contained in this vast bulk of material is on the whole poorly utilized and its nitrogen incompletely returned to the soil. There are still developments in utilizing stalk in more efficient ways. As it is already used in ploughing as soil improver, why not create a machine that will convert rice stalk into an organic fertilizer. Farmers use inorganic fertilizers nowadays which are not good for the plants because the nutrients on it while growing are not pure. It is more efficient on their part because they will save money buying fertilizers. The machine aims to drain the nutrient in rice stalk, add some juices from the other drain plants and combine it to produce a complete nutrients used in organic fertilizer. We will add some juices from the rice stalk because the nutrients on the rice stalk as said earlier is incomplete in nitrogen.
As a whole, this plan is for our environment to have a broad use of each plants produces by our ecosystem. It is also for our farmers to give an easy way of growing crops. People are abusing our own environment and aside from teaching them how to discipline their use of environment we should know how to use what our ecosystem produces intelligently.