Farmer brothers, you know that paddy harvesting season is going on now. In fact, every year the governments of Punjab and Haryana talk of imposing strictures on farmers and stopping them from burning straw. But in reality the farmers are constantly busy burning pulses. Due to this, due to the spread of pollution due to straw burning, AQI i.e. Air Quality Index of Delhi-NCR is continuously increasing towards hazardous levels.
Like last year, this year also from the state of Punjab and Haryana Increased risk of hay fever has started We tell you that despite the strictness of the government in both the states, farmers are seen burning paddy in open fields. The smoke arising from stubble burning is proving to be fatal for people in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi-NCR to breathe. An average AQI of 263 has been reported in Delhi-NCR as monitored by the CPCB. Because of this, people are at risk of serious diseases.
The states of Punjab and Haryana are constantly being set on fire. as cutting rice As the cropping season progresses, the incidence of stubble burning also increases. Due to smoke and pollution from stubble burning, the AQI of many cities in Haryana, including Delhi-NCR, has reached very poor levels.
Straw is being burnt fearlessly in Punjab
Although stubble burning is claimed to be on the decline in the state of Punjab, open stubble burning continues. In Derabasi around Chandigarh, open burning of stubble was seen along highways. Today the situation is such that if you drive through any national highway in Punjab and Haryana, you will see burnt black fields on the side of the road. Where straw can be seen it has completely turned to ashes. Farmers cunningly set fire to their fields and then leave their fields, so that no legal action is taken against them.
In Haryana, conscious farmers are managing straw properly.
For your information, let us tell you that there are farmers who believe in handling paddy instead of burning it. In Naggal village of Panchkula, farmers were seen using straw as fertilizer in the fields and direct sowing of wheat seeds through super seeder machines. These farmers say that only those who can afford expensive machines manage hay. But, there are small and marginal farmers hay fire There is no other option but to apply.
What are the complaints of farmers against the government?
In Panchkula’s Mankaiah village, some farmers are making straw piles after harvesting paddy in the traditional way. But, they also alleged that instead of employing labourers, they are arranging for straw burning. But, they did not receive any assistance or any kind of grant from the government. They have to manage hay at their own expense.
Cases have reduced a lot since earlier
The incidence of stubble burning has reduced in Punjab this year compared to last year. So far, stubble burning has taken place at 1764 places in the state. This figure is lowest in last 2 years. During the same period, 4327 cases were registered so far in 2021 and 3114 in 2022. If we talk about the state of Haryana, 714 incidents of stubble burning have been reported this season. But if compared to last year, there have been 893 cases so far last year. If the Haryana-Punjab state government makes the farmers fully aware and provides them with resources, the challenge of straw can be overcome. We tell you that the AQI recorded by some cities in Haryana is appalling. In fact, Karnal-243, Rohtak-182, Jind-155, Faridabad-322, Bahadurgarh-284, Kaithal-269, Kurukshetra-256 and Gurugram recorded 255 air quality indicators.