Make farmers aware of environmental impact of stubble burning: CM Yogi

Lucknow: Expressing concern over the rising pollution caused by stubble burning in the state, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has instructed officers to make farmers aware of its adverse impact on the environment.

The CM told officers to also raise farmers’ awareness of strategies, such as stubble fermentation by watering it and adding urea to it, in order to tackle the issue. Measures should be taken to prevent incidents of stubble burning by setting up camps for district-level officers in sensitive villages, the CM directed, adding that employees from various departments should be assigned the task of coordination.

Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Devesh Chaturvedi informed that stubble is being taken to ‘gaushalas’ in every district. The ‘Parali Do, Khaad Lo’ programme is being promoted extensively in all the districts, so that the incidents of stubble burning can be reduced this time.

Additionally, 16 bio briquette and bio coal units have been set up in Uttar Pradesh to which stubble is being delivered. Super SMS, or other agricultural equipment for crop residue management, should be mandatory, in addition to combined harvesting.

No stubble burning in Varanasi, Sonbhadra, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Mahoba&Kasganj

In districts including Varanasi, Sonbhadra, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Mahoba, Kasganj, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Gonda, Chandauli, Banda, Badaun, Azamgarh, Amroha, and Agra, there is no evidence of stubble burning.

Moreover, sugarcane harvesting has begun in Western Uttar Pradesh while paddy harvesting has begun in Eastern Uttar Pradesh. These districts need to receive special consideration. The Government has recommended distribution of ‘Pusa decomposers’ in every district so that crop residues can be decomposed and managed in the field.

Stubble burning is a punishable offence

The Supreme Court and the NGT (National Green Tribunal) have declared stubble burning a punishable offence. The Government has said that instead of burning the stubble, farmers  should take advantage of schemes through which the stubble can be disposed of and made useful. The government is also giving subsidies on such agricultural machinery. Many farmers have made stubble a means of earning through these agricultural machines. Other farmers can also take inspiration from them.

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