Punjab has witnessed 49 per cent extra stubble burning incidents from September 21 to November 2 as in comparison with the corresponding interval final yr, in keeping with official data.
The general rely of incidents of stubble burning in the state throughout this paddy season to date — from September 21 to November 2 — has reached 36,755 as towards 24,726 in 2019, in keeping with the data of the Punjab Remote Sensing Centre.
The state had seen 29,156 and 24,428 incidents of paddy residue in 2017 and 2018 respectively, it mentioned.
Many farmers in the northern state proceed to set paddy straw on hearth regardless of a ban on the follow.
Punjab on Monday reported 3,590 incidents of farm fires with the very best variety of such incidents recorded in Sangrur district at 696, as per the data.
Sangrur can also be the epicentre of the farmers’ protest over the central authorities’s new farm legal guidelines.
Bathinda, Ferozepur, Mansa and Patiala districts reported 425, 307, 301 and 287 stubble burning incidents, respectively.
Small farmers have been sustaining that it’s economically unviable for them to purchase farm equipment like pleased seeders, rotavators and tremendous straw administration programs on mix harvesters to handle crop residue.
Farmers are demanding Rs 200 per quintal of bonus on paddy and Rs 6,000 per acre for stubble administration.
The Punjab authorities has been searching for from the Centre Rs 100 per quintal as compensation to allow farmers to handle paddy straw with out burning it.
Punjab alone generates 20 million tonnes of paddy stubble yearly.
Meanwhile, Punjab Pollution Control Board chairman A S Marwaha mentioned quite than pointing at Punjab for air pollution in the nationwide capital, the Delhi authorities ought to examine inside sources of air pollution.
The chairman, in a press release right here, mentioned the air high quality index (AQI) is ‘passable’ to ‘average’ in Punjab, whereas in Delhi it’s ‘very poor’. He questioned how a state with higher AQI may create air pollution in one other state.
Marwaha mentioned cities like Panipat, Sonepat, Jind and Karnal in Haryana have ‘poor’ AQI as in comparison with Punjab’s Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Khanna, Mandi Gobindgarh and Patiala.
He mentioned the contribution of stubble hearth in Punjab couldn’t be the most important contributing issue in the deteriorating air high quality of NCR, particularly Delhi.
Rather, he mentioned, it’s because of the inside polluting sources of the nationwide capital area and weather conditions that develop throughout the month of October until March yearly, which deteriorate the environment in Delhi.
Marwaha added that if stubble burning would have been the most important purpose for deteriorating air high quality, the ambient air high quality of Punjab would have additionally proven related tendencies.