Biochar is made by transforming agricultural waste such as coconut husks, palm kernel shells, etc. into carbon using pyrolysis technology.
Benefits For farmers:
- It helps improves degraded soil by getting rid of heavy metals and other pollutants
- It makes soil resilient to harsh weather conditions such as drought because it has a high water holding capacity thereby reducing the amount of times you have to water your crops as a farmer and reducing nutrient run-off from heavy rainfall and erosion.
- Makes the soil resistant to pests and insects.
- Improves microbial activity in the soil as it serves as a perfect habitat for them.
Benefits for the Environment:
Biochar has been recognized by the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change(IPCC) as one of the most effective carbon removal technologies available in the world. Biochar is an effective tool for carbon sequestration as it captures carbon that would have ended up in the atmosphere as a result of the open burning or decomposition of agricultural waste and stores that carbon in the soil for hundreds of years.