Rice Bio-Park: A pathway to use the rice biomass adopting circular economy

MSSRF in partnership with the Department of Agricultural Research, Yenzin, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar has established a Rice Biopark at Nay Pyi Taw. The rice biopark initiative is part of the Indo-Myanmar Friendship Project, funded by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. The rice biopark concept was conceived by Prof M S Swaminathan, Founder of MSSRF. Rice is the major livelihood supporting crop of Myanmar. However, farmers have been largely using only the rice grain and were wasting the other rice biomass. The straw at 1:1 grain to straw ratio is either burnt resulting in pollution or thrown away in many places. Farmers are unaware of the rich income potential from bio-mass, by creating value added products from the straw, husk, and bran. The initiative, when it becomes fully functional is to increase income of farmers and provide jobs in value addition with goal of moving from poverty to prosperity.

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