Opportunity

Worldwide, about 115 million metric tons of rice husks are produced annually, mostly in Asia, Africa, & South America. Meanwhile, households and rural industry suffer from the high costs of liquid propane gas, diesel, and kerosene for their cooking and heating devices of the available supply of rice husks worldwide, if 50% can be allocated for household use, at 2 tons per household consumption per year, about 57.5 million metric tons can serve 28.75 million households. The remaining 50% can serve about 2.88 million small-scale industries around the world. The target market for rice-husk cookstoves is the rice-abundant area. Further, other locations may also be traced out for the rice-husk cookstoves. Boundaries don't matter but the market strategies always matter for a healthy demand and sales environment. Target customers can be those living below poverty line, or, those living as below mediocre standards, and small- and medium-sized families in rural areas, but, for fulfilling that purpose, financial inclusion is essential to grow and enrich the business. Current cooking modes used in major rural areas are biomass-firewood, charcoal, crop-residue or cow-dung & kerosene stoves. Among these ones, rice husk can be used as a better smokeless fuel.
Rice is one of the most prominent crop globally specially, India almost produce 100 million tons of rice where 22% of that is Rice Husk comprising all major states (U.P, Bihar, West Bengal, N.E.Sates, Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra & Tamil Nadu, etc. )
Rice husk fueled cook stoves are perhaps one of the simplest and least costly, pro-poor alternative of all the renewable rural energy technologies and surprisingly our cookstoves reduces the cooking cost by 80%.
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