Bioarroz is a project where Spanish and Colombian researchers work together, who have managed to transform rice husks into a fantastic organic fertilizer. In the tests carried out, it has been able to double the average rice production.
In addition to use as a fertilizer, organic silicon is also extracted in the process that can be used for the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry, while regenerating the farmland.
Bioarroz solves three serious problems at the same time:
Efficient production of essential foods.
Recycling of rice husk, a highly polluting waste.
Regeneration of eroded soils.
If we look at official FAO data, rice is the most consumed food in the world. Its cultivation is essential for feeding the world’s population, especially in the poorest countries.
Its largest world producer, Africa, has a low crop yield, 2 tons / hectare compared to the world average of 4.5 tons / hectare. Much of the blame for this is the lack of fertilizers, their high cost makes them prohibitive for some farmers.
If we improved fertilization, we would be able to increase rice production per hectare and thus lower the cost of fertilizer. Which would take the rice wreck down.
Rice husk has no commercial value in Africa, it is even becoming a serious environmental problem for them.
Bioarroz has patented a process that, through the use of the Californian red worm, recycles the rice husk transforming it into solid and liquid humus. In the process, organic silicon and calcium are extracted.
The use of this fertilizer doubles the rice production per hectare, without the need to use chemicals that pollute the soil. Water is also saved as less watering is required.
This humus is suitable for most crops. In the video you can see the difference of growing with bio-rice fertilizer:
A Bioarroz plant needs 5 hectares and recycles 1,500 tons of husk. It is capable of producing 3,700 tons of liquid humus and 750 tons of solid.