In order to combat agriculture stubble burning – in the states, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan -, the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India has issued an advisory to the state governments to create awareness among the farmers about the harmful effect of stubble burning.
Burning of crop residue in these contributes in increasing environmental pollution levels. National Green Tribunal has directed the Delhi government and these four northern states to take strict measures to deal with this serious biennial threat.
The Agriculture Ministry, in its advisory, has written to facilitate farmers residue management machines and equipment such as Zero Till Seed Drill, Happy Seeder, Straw Baler, Rotavator, Paddy Straw Chopper/ Mulcher, Gyro Rake, Straw Reaper, Shredder among other equipments through Custom Hiring Centres or village level Farm Machinery Banks.
The State governments have also been directed that Rs. 4000 per hectare shall be used from the funds available for demonstration of machines under Sub-Mission on Agricultural Mechanization for demonstration of straw management machinery at farmers’ fields.
For crop residue management, under Sub-Mission on Agriculture Mechanization, the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare have allocated funds to the four states accordingly.
Allocation of Funds (In Crore)
Funds Utilised (In Crore)
The air pollution level in the National Capital Region remained severe for last one week. particulate matter levels in Delhi were over eight times the standards, as per the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) index of the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Meanwhile, taking cognisance of the situation, the National Human Rights Commission on Thursday issued notices to the Centre, Delhi, Punjab and Haryana governments, asking for reports on the steps taken to address the problem within two weeks.