Here is an excellent video of how agricultural wastes can be put to better use to produce biomass fuel pellets. Here you can see farmers in India burning the waste from their cotton harvest in the field. This is a traditional practice and not only waste a lot of biomass it also produces lots of emissions due to the poor combustion of burning low density biomass. A project now pays the farmers for their cotton waste such as the stalks and this material is then used to produce biomass pellets which replaces the use of coal lignite in factories and power stations. 8,500 farmers now benefit from this project, generating them an important additional income while reducing crop burning in the fields. These materials are mixed with sawdust from local sawmills to make pellets in pellet presses. The project actively works with farmers to help them grow more profitable crops which will also generate more waste biomass for the project. The pellet plants currently produce 65,000 tonnes of biomass fuel pellets a year which is very impressive as it also supports 215 local jobs. The workers at the factories that use the pellets benefit from reduced dust and smoke which gives them a healthier working environment. Another benefit is the reduction of 110,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year. The project aims to triples its size over the next five years and then expand into other countries. We are also involved in similar project with our small pellet plants are particularly our Mini Pellet Mill. For instance we are now working with a European University that will conduct trials in three locations in Africa to produce biomass fuel pellets from local waste to be used in cooking stoves. In this project instead of the farmers been paid for the waste it’s usually a trade off, in return for the crop waste they are given some fuel pellets for their cooking stove. These projects are very important to reduce deforestation and to reduce dangerous wood smoke emissions in the home.