Stubble burning: Awareness program launched in Panchkula

A farmer burning the paddy stubble or the crop residue in the outskirts of Jalandhar.

To reduce stubble and its hazardous aftereffects during winters in Delhi, Punjab and Haryana, the district administration has launched an awareness drive in rural Panchkula to spread the message to stop the practice and emphasize the hazardous impact of residue burning.

The awareness vehicle will be used to spread awareness and also inform about the new schemes launched by the Ministry of Agriculture for farmers.

According to the Central Pollution Control Board, stubble burning contributed significantly to air pollution in Delhi last year scaling up to 44 percent in November.

Huge cost of machinery, a big reason

Every year with the advent of autumn, farmers set the crop residue or paddy stubble on fire to clear the field for the new crops. Despite the ban, farmers continue to defy it due to the huge cost of straw management manually or mechanically.

While explaining the ill-effects of stubble burning, the City Magistrate Dheeraj Chahal suggested using the stubble as animal feed. In lieu of the guidelines issued by the state government, farmers are provided a subsidy to buy modern farming equipment to help them maneuver and manage the production.

The pollution control authority aims at keeping a check on the progress the state makes and has set up control centers to examine the use of modern machinery availed by the farmers and that strict action will be taken against non-compliance reported from the fields.

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