With around 60 lakh ton of crop residue being produced in Haryana and its burning leading to high pollution levels, Haryana Government has decided to launch awareness campaigns for the farmers from next year onwards.
The campaign would be initiated from Chief Minister Manohar lal’s constituency Karnal, which would be made crop residue burning-free.
“Awareness campaigns would be launched in Haryana from next year onwards. To reduce pollution from burning of agricultural waste, a biomass-to-ethanol plant is also being set up by Indian Oil Corporation in Panipat to prepare ethanol from agricultural and other residues,” said Haryana Chief Secretary, DS Dhesi, while speaking at a workshop on Crop Residue Management organised at Hisar.
Expressing concern over the adverse impact of crop residue burning on the environment, the Chief Secretary urged scientists to develop affordable and easy-to-use technology for management of crop residue and other types of waste. This project should also be profitable, he added.
He said that while educating farmers about the adverse impact of crop residue burning on the environment and soil fertility was the need of the hour, they should also be provided waste management facilities for effectively curbing the practice.