China pay farmers to convert waste into fertilizer and clean energy

China will pay farmers to convert animal waste into fertilizer and clean energy. The country is taking various ways to combat the CO2 that pollutes the big cities and chemical fertilizers that pollute the soil and water. The Chinese government on Wednesday said the program is also part of efforts to tackle agricultural pollution that has leaked into rivers and lakes.

Tinuku China pay farmers to convert waste into fertilizer and clean energy

China's Ministry of Agriculture will subsidize farmers to build animal waste processing facilities for fertilizers and methane biogas as a source of clean energy. Animal manure from livestock has been polluting rivers and lakes for years that angers people.

The agricultural waste treatment program includes preparing recycling facilities in 200 major countries by 2020 with pig and chicken farming centers. The ministry did not provide details about the size of the subsidy, but a major step to limit the use of chemical fertilizers, reduce water pollution and clean energy campaigns.

"We will help farmers fully understand how organic fertilizers can improve energy efficiency and the environment," said Zhong Luqing, director of the fertilizer department at the ministry.

Biogas technology will help save electricity costs that have been considered expensive for many farmers. Researchers and users of organic fertilizers will also get preferential treatment in loans, taxes, electricity usage and land rent.

Farmers in the world have been struggling with animal waste issues, such as odors and the impacts caused by the release of harmful gases. Animal waste can also seep into the water and contaminate rivers and lakes as a source of drinking water. Livestock in China produces 4 billion tons of annual waste.

"We will strengthen policy support and increase subsidies to support farmers using organic fertilizers, especially large-scale farmers, family farms and cooperatives," Luqing said.

The plan is part of Beijing's efforts to limit chemical fertilizers and pesticides that have contaminated soil and water. China uses about a third of the world's fertilizers. The government targets the growth of zero chemical fertilizers and pesticides by 2020.