Farm fires in Punjab rise to three,696; air high quality dips
Patiala, October 23
The state has recorded 3,696 incidents of stubble-burning until October 22, with Tarn Taran main with 1,034 farm fires until date this season.
The air high quality in all main cities has deteriorated following the rise in farm fires and is more likely to slide additional with Diwali cracker air pollution including to it.
In response to the information collected by the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB), out of the entire 3,696 farm fires, 582 befell on October 22. On the identical date in 2021, Punjab noticed 1,111 farm fires and in 2020, there have been 1,341 farm fires.
This yr, Tarn Taran with 136 and Amritsar with 58 farm fires had been on the prime spots.
In 2021, the entire variety of farm fires was 8,006 in Sangrur, 6,515 in Moga and 6,288 in Ferozepur. These districts until date have lower than 100 farm fires. In response to the federal government information, the state recorded 71,304 instances of stubble-burning in 2021, 76,590 in 2020, 55,210 in 2019 and 50,590 in 2018.
In the meantime, the air high quality index (AQI) in varied cities of the state is worsening. On Sunday, the AQI in Jalandhar was 212, 188 in Ludhiana, 113 in Patiala, 106 in Amritsar and 162 in Khanna. “The rise in farm fires will additional pollute the air and issues will flip from unhealthy to worse in villages the place the smoke continues to emanate from fields for days at a stretch,” stated specialists. “Diwali cracker air pollution coupled with the farm fires will certainly affect the air high quality,” they added.
“Because of the brief window between paddy harvesting and sowing of wheat crop, we’ve no choice however to resort to burning stubble. If we sow wheat with out eradicating the straw, the rabi crop will get infested with pests and weeds,” stated a farmer. Regardless of earnest efforts, Punjab nonetheless has an extended approach to go to handle its paddy stubble. In 2021, the state authorities wooed industries, together with distilleries and breweries, providing to advertise stubble use with cumulative fiscal incentives of Rs 25 crore.
The Centre has been selling in-situ administration of crop residue, which incorporates incorporation in soil, mulching, baling/ binding to be used as home/ industrial gasoline, fodder. The state authorities has rolled out a slew of subsidies and incentives. These have additionally didn’t convey a few main change.
Farmers have been red-flagging issues concerning the effectivity of the machines, their availability and excessive value. Each season, over 15 million tonnes of paddy straw is burnt forward of winter sowing.