Project To Transform Rice Straw To High-Value Biodegradable Products Worth Over RM7 Mln Annually

Last update: 13/08/2017

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 13 (Bernama) -- The Rice Straw Project under the Bioeconomy Community Development Programme (BCDP) is expected to bring in RM7 million annually and enhance growth of high-value biodegradable products in Malaysia while promoting the country's environmental sustainability and advancement of green technology.

The project is overseen by Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp and involves a 10-year agreement signed between BioNexus Status company, Free The Seed Sdn Bhd, and Pertubuhan Peladang Kawasan Pendang Selatan (PPKPS) in Kedah.

In a statement today, Bioeconomy Corp said, the farmers from PPKPS would supply 57,000 tonnes of rice straw from their 12 estates to Free The Seed, who would process them using its patented enzyme technology to produce biodegradable packaging products with an estimated worth of over RM7 million annually for local and export markets, including Netherlands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

Kedah State Executive Council Member, Datuk Norsabrina Mohd Noor, said she was proud Kedah could lead such an innovative initiative that transformed raw materials to high-value eco-friendly products while preserving the environment.

"The Rice Straw Project is in line with the aspirations of the Malaysian Government in optimising the use of existing agricultural waste resources to produce value-added products.....