Biochar is charcoal created by pyrolysis (burning with minimal oxygen) of biomass
When biochar is added to the soil, it is known to stay in the soil for thousands of years. A recent study made by the University of Bayreuth in Germany showed that 1 hectare of land with biochar plowed in at 1 meter depth holds 250 tons of carbon compared with 100 tons in soil without biochar.
biochar is a more stable nutrient source than compost and manure. Biochar, therefore, as a soil amendment can increase crop yields, reduce the need for chemical fertilizers, and minimize the adverse environmental effects of agrochemicals in the environment.
Rice Crop using soil integrated biochar Corn crop with biochar and Chicken manure Organic brandywine tomatoes grown With biochar and vermicompost
PBiA has recently set up a network in Zambales in partnership with the Botolan Local Government, a local NGO called Sambali, and the Bucao Farmer Irrigators Association . Other networks are similarly being organized around the country .
Carbon Sequestration Validation and Certification Program The Philippine Biochar Association (PBiA) , in partnership with local government units (LGUs), local non-government organizations (NGOs), and people’s organizations (POs), has taken the initiative to introduce VERIFIED & CERTIFIED carbon sequestration in the Philippines using Biochar and offer it as a venue for VOLUNTARY CARBON OFFSET .
Incorporating biochar into agricultural land is a simple process and can easily be done by a farmer… In partnership with PBiA, for every 1.1 tons of biochar incorporated in agricultural land, the LOCAL BIOCHAR NETWORK issues a master certificate verifying this activity.