The recent signing of a Declaration of Intent between the Philippines and France relating to a Study for Energy Production from Biomass is a step forward tapping domestic resources for renewable energy which the country is in abundance of.
Rice is the chief staple crop of the Philippines and annually the country harvests an average of 15.2 million metric tons of rice, leaving 11.3 million tons of rice straw to spare for productive use.
Corn cobs can now be a better substitute in lieu of the usual materials of rice straw and banana leaves used in mushroom culture according to the research team from the Sultan Kudarat Polytechnic State College in Mindanao.
The increased cost of energy dependent fertilizer and the need to conserve plant nutrients by recycling them have focused attention to organic material sources of fertilizers. One of the cheapest and most available organic substances is rice straw.