THE Department of Agriculture-Philippine Center for Postharvest Development and Mechanization (DA-PHilMech) eyes sugarcane waste as animal feeds and fuel briquettes.
Respectively, DA-PhilMech discovered that a one hectare of sugarcane can produce 11 to 21 tons of waste in the form of leaves and stalks.
Unfortunately, these wastes are only left in the field or burned which contribute in the worsening global warming.
PhilMech conducted a study in order to optimize the use of the sugarcane waste.
The Potential of Sugarcane Waste As Animal Feeds
“One of the viable solutions to this problem is to convert them (waste and residue) into animal feeds and fuel briquettes. Hence, the study is being conducted to develop sugarcane crop waste-based silage and pelleted feeds for animal consumption, and an environment-friendly fuel briquette suitable for domestic cooking and industrial application,” as cited in the paper of PhilMech.
Moreover, there are 13 formulations that were developed in the production of silage from sugarcane tops. As the PhilMech turned the waste of the sugarcane into feeds, forage chopper and feed pelletizer were developed.
In determining the best formulation, proximate and nutritional analysis of the produced silage are being conducted.
Apart from saving the environment, turning the waste of the sugarcane into feeds can also be an additional income for farmers.
“In many rural areas in the Philippines, wood is still utilized as fuel for cooking which contributes to deforestation. But with products like briquettes, rural households need not rely on wood anymore for cooking,” PHilMech Executive Director Baldwin Jallorina said.
“Instead of throwing away or burning their farm waste, sugarcane farmers could definitely earn from processing and selling animal feeds and fuel briquettes made from sugarcane waste,” Jallorina added.
Reference: Sugarcane waste eyed for feeds