Yogi Adityanath, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday expressed concern over rising pollution and instructed officers to raise awareness among farmers about the adverse effects of stubble burning on the environment.
Adityanath told the officers to make farmers aware of strategies such as stubble fermentation by watering them and adding urea to deal with the problem, the government said in an official press release.
Measures should be taken to prevent stubble burning by setting up camps in sensitive villages, the prime minister said.
Additional Chief Secretary (Agriculture) Devesh Chaturvedi said stubble was taken to ‘gaushalas’ (cow sheds) in every district. The ‘Parali Do, Khad Lo’ program is widely promoted in the districts to curb stubble burning, he said.
In addition, 16 bio-briquettes and bio-coal units have been set up where the stubble is delivered. Super SMS or other farm equipment for crop residue management should become mandatory in addition to combined harvesting, the release said.
The release added that there was no evidence of stubble burning in districts like Varanasi, Sonbhadra, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Mahoba, Kasganj, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Gonda, Chandauli, Banda, Badaun, Azamgarh, Amroha and Agra.
Moreover, sugar cane harvest has started in western Uttar Pradesh while rice harvest has started in eastern Uttar Pradesh and the districts in these regions need special attention. The government has recommended the distribution of Pusa decomposers in every district so crop residues can be broken down and managed in the field, she said.
The Supreme Court and National Green Tribunal have ruled that burning stubble is a criminal offense and the government has said that instead of burning crop residue, farmers should take advantage of schemes that allow it to be removed and made useful.
The government also subsidizes farm equipment and many farmers have turned stubble into a means of earning money from these machines. Other farmers can also draw inspiration from it, according to the release.
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