Rice farming and methane emissions
During rice farming, the fields are often flooded, creating an ideal environment for the decomposition of organic matter and the subsequent release of methane gas, a greenhouse gas 27 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Global rice production accounts for 8-12% of human generated methane.
Partnership to benefit the farmer community and the environment
CoreCarbonX(CCX) and Vida Carbon Corp have collaborated on a project that would help the paddy farmer community implement improved water management systems in 100,000 hectares of rice fields in Telangana.
Farmers in Telangana have no financial incentive to conserve water or energy because both are fully subsidised. CCX plans to address this issue by providing farmers with education on “alternative wetting and drying” techniques. This method of farming makes use of a gauge to show exactly how much water is in various parts of the field. With this equipment, farmers can control the water supply to their crops precisely. Reduced methane emissions can be achieved by limiting the length of time that rice fields are submerged in water. The rate of decomposition of organic material and, consequently, methane emissions will be reduced when rice fields are flooded for shorter periods of time.
Farmers economic gain from carbon credits and other co-benefits
Farmers who take part will reap financial rewards from the project’s success through a share of the money made from selling carbon credits.
Benefits such as these are gained in addition to the accomplishment of six SDGs set by the United Nations:
- Reduced water consumption by 15%-25%.
- Increases in Farmer’s Profits.
- Promote better collaboration between entrepreneurs.
- Water pump fuel and energy consumption will be reduced.
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