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2.75 lakh fine recovered from those who burn stubble – Presswire18

Ambala city, 30 November (HP)

During the past paddy season, a 13 percent reduction in incidents of stubble burning was recorded in Ambala district. This year, 195 cases have been registered in the period from September to the end of November whereas last year the count of cases was 225. This season, the Agriculture Department has taken action and collected a fine of about Rs 2.75 lakh from the violating farmers.

Deputy Director of Agriculture, Ambala, Dr. Jaswinder Singh, while confirming the above figures, said that compared to last year, there has been a sudden decline in the cases of stubble burning in the district this year. The successful results of the stubble awareness campaign being conducted by the Agriculture Department are visible. This year’s decline of 13 percent clearly shows that farmers have started adopting stubble management. He said that while on one hand the government has declared stubble burning illegal, on the other hand the efforts of the Agriculture Department in collaboration with Deloitte India in this project have borne fruit. In this effort, farmers not only become economically empowered but the environment as well as people’s health is also protected. He said that efforts were made to make the farmers aware at the grassroots level that burning of stubble not only destroys the fertility of the land but also harms the health of the people in the surrounding areas. During Kharif crop harvesting, farmers face many logistical problems to grow their next crop. On average, farmers find simple ways to burn farm residues, leading to the emergence of Active Fire Locations (AFLs) in Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

According to him, the Agriculture Department along with Deloitte India conducted a village-to-village, door-to-door public awareness campaign under stubble management, the full credit for which goes to the tireless efforts of Vinny Mitra, Sagar Kamboj, Sahil Jindal and Harmonjot Singh and their team. Deloitte India tried to empower farmers by providing them timely access to balers and superseeders. Both sections were provided convenience through the specially developed Kisan and Udyog Maitri App. He said that one of the challenges in this project is the lack of large scale industries in the district where stubble can be used as fuel. Despite this, Deloitte India, keeping this problem in mind, identified many industries outside the district and state and developed a network where farmers could get fair prices. The energy generated from stubble is being used to make bricks, newsprint and even CNG. This effort is proving to be effective in providing economic strength to the farmers as well as in generating another source of energy.

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