Ricefields Are Burning
Photo above shows a newly harvested ricefield in Brgy. Mataphaw, New Washington, Aklan which rice straw is being burned. Inspite of the provincial ordinance prohibiting the burning of rice straw, the farmers are still burning it.
The Anti-Burning Ordinance was approved 10 years ago but the agency concerned has not implemented the ordinance. One hectare rice straw is equivalent to one bag commercial fertilizer valued at P1,200. Moreover, the fire will kill the beneficial insects like earthworms in the soil and destroys humus rendering the field unproductive. Burning will also hastened soil infertility. /MP