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Burning rice stubble poses an environmental health risk


Ramon Rogelio Genao

The burning of rice stubble in the province of La Vega and other rice-growing areas has become an environmental and health problem, denounced yesterday by Senator Ramón Rogelio Genao, who called for the intervention of the country the corresponding authorities to put a term.

“The smoke created by this fire is immense, unbearable and harmful, so ministers must go urgently to help us stop this recurring practice in rice-growing areas,” said the MP, who asked environment ministers, of Agriculture, Public Health, the Administrator of the Agricultural Bank and the Rice Associations of the country to join in and put an end to this practice of burning past sales once the harvest is over.

He explained that this smoke of enormous proportions causes multiple respiratory ailments among the people of the rice-growing provinces, who number 20 in total.

The Reform senator indicated that the need had been raised to find a use for these rice stubbles, either as cattle feed in hay bales or as a preparation for certain organic fertilizers, as a solution to the problem.

In the Dominican Republic, in the last year 2021, the population consumed a total of 13 million 400 thousand quintals of rice and is expected to exceed 14 million quintals in 2022.

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This initiative, promoted by the Dominican government, has enabled more than 300,000 producers to keep the faith to bring out the land and prevent them from abandoning their crops with heavy debts.

Previously, there was a limitation on access to this cereal since plantations were done without planning, which generated disadvantages for producers. When there was an oversupply in one season, prices fell and the next planting was limited, which became a vicious cycle, says rice farmer Oliverio Espaillat.

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