Cui Min, a 62-year-old farmer in the village of Lianhua, Yonghe, in Bin county [east of Harbin], Heilongjiang province, recently finished harvesting his corn in much the same way he has for the past 40 years. This year, however, after the harvest, he left the cut stalks standing in the fields instead of burning them. “I signed a deal with a local company,” Cui said. “They will pack the crop stalks and carry them away. In return for the crop stalks, they will also plow my fields before sowing in the spring.” The company, Heilongjiang Longneng Weiye Environment and Technology Shares, was set up in 2010. Its business mostly consists of recycling crop stalks from the countryside and household garbage from cities and towns…Full Article: China Daily Dec 2014
- According to a local official from Heilongjiang, it is hoped that 20,000 MTs of stalks can be processed into 10,000 MTs of industrial oil and 5,000 MTs of biochar (a type of “green” charcoal). In general, stalks are being processed into eco-fuel (e.g. biochar) or used to produce electricity.
- The burning of corn stalks typically produces black smoke, smog, and haze.
- Heilongjiang is China’s top corn producer. In 2012, Heilongjiang produced 28.8 million MTs of corn in 2012, or approximately 14% of China’s total output for that year (~205 million MTs).