9 per cent rise in farm fires in Punjab throughout Sept 15-Oct 26 interval in comparison with final yr: CAQM

9 per cent rise in farm fires in Punjab throughout Sept 15-Oct 26 interval in comparison with final yr: CAQM


New Delhi, October 27

There was a “vital” 9 per cent rise in stubble burning incidents in Punjab between September 15 and October 26 this yr compared to the corresponding interval in 2021 which is a “matter of concern”, the Fee for Air High quality Administration stated on Thursday.

It stated the whole variety of farm fires in Haryana has, nonetheless, lowered by 26 per cent as in comparison with final yr in the identical interval.

In view of the spike in stubble incidents, the fee has taken up the matter with the Punjab authorities for efficient implementation of motion plan, together with methods for stubble administration, the CAQM stated.

“As per the usual protocol developed by ISRO for CAQM, between September 15 to October 26, complete paddy residue burning occasions reported in Punjab are 7,036 in comparison with 6,463 for a similar interval over the last yr, which is a big enhance of about 9 per cent,’ the fee stated in an announcement.

It stated about 70 per cent of farm fires in the course of the present paddy harvesting season have been reported solely from six districts — Amritsar, Firozpur, Gurdaspur, Kapurthala, Patiala and Tarn Taran — accounting for 4,899 of the whole 7,036 incidents in Punjab.

“These conventional six hotspot districts had additionally accounted for about 65 per cent of the whole burning incidents over the last yr for a similar interval,” the CAQM stated.

The fee additional stated of the whole 7,036 reported instances, 4,315 incidents or 61 per cent have been reported over the last six days alone.

It stated in response to the info as much as October 24, solely about 39 per cent of sown space in Punjab had been harvested and thus, rising variety of hearth occasions is an “alarming state of affairs”.

“Primarily based on a broad framework developed by the fee and studying from the previous paddy harvesting seasons, a complete motion plan was ready by the Punjab authorities which included diversification to different crops, low straw producing and early maturing paddy varieties, and in-situ and ex-situ crop residue administration,” it stated.

The CAQM stated statutory instructions have been issued for implementation of state-specific motion plan and the fee has been repeatedly following up with the Punjab authorities since February to sensitize the state administrative equipment in direction of their preparedness to forestall and management the incidents of stubble burning.

“For efficient implementation of the plan of motion, the fee additionally held consultative conferences with main departments of the Punjab authorities like agriculture and farmer’s welfare, setting, energy and Punjab Air pollution Management Board,’ the CAQM stated.

They stated the fee has held 9 conferences with officers of Punjab authorities, together with 5 conferences with chief secretary concerning numerous points associated to stubble burning.

Key areas and motion factors confused upon in the course of the conferences have been speedy procurement of further farm equipment by means of fund allocations made by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoAFW) underneath the Crop Residue Administration (CRM) Scheme throughout 2022-23, it stated.

The motion plan additionally included mapping of accessible equipment in customized hiring centres and optimised use of accessible CRM equipment together with staggering harvesting schedule at village and cluster stage.

“Motion plan additionally included increasing bio-decomposer software to complement in-situ stubble administration measures, facilitating strong provide chain in direction of ex-situ utilisation and intensifying monitoring and enforcement actions,” the fee stated.

It stated evaluate conferences have been additionally held with all deputy commissioners with particular give attention to hotspot districts.

“Contemplating the current state of affairs and spike within the stubble burning incidents, the Fee has as soon as once more taken up the matter with the chief secretary of Punjab authorities for efficient implementation of motion plan together with all methods for stubble administration and acceptable actions in instances of farm fires,’ the CAQM stated.

It stated the whole variety of farm fires in Haryana has lowered by 26 per cent as in comparison with final yr.

“Complete variety of farm hearth occasions reported between September 15 to October 26 is 1,495 in comparison with 2,010 for a similar interval final yr. There’s about 26 per cent discount in paddy residue burning occasions in Haryana up to now in the course of the present yr,” the CAQM stated.

In a evaluate assembly held with chief secretary of Haryana and deputy commissioners final week, the fee advised officers to additional intensify efforts to regulate farm hearth occasions within the state.

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