Urging the farmers to refrain from burning paddy stubble, the Punjab Government on Sunday appealed to the farmers to follow the philosophy of Guru Nanak Dev in reverence of 550th prakash purb celebrations of the first Sikh Guru.
Noting that reckless burning of paddy straw causes irreversible damage to the texture of soil, natural environment and human health, the resolution was passed by the State Cabinet, during its meeting held at Sultanpur Lodhi the previous week, in which the Chief Minister and Ministers unanimously appealed the farmers to do away with the unhealthy practice of stubble burning in line with upholding the Guru Nanak Dev’s ideology to protect natural resources.
Describing the serious ill-effects of stubble burning, the state Agriculture Secretary KS Pannu mentioned that due to stubble burning, 30 kg of nitrogen per hectare, 13.8 kg of phosphorus, 30 kg of potassium, 6.48 kg sulphur, 2400 kg carbon and several useful microbial organisms are perished in fire besides resulting in environmental pollution.
Highly appreciating the efforts of Punjab progressive farmers who had been recently honoured by the Central Government in New Delhi for adopting in-situ crop residue management during National Conference of Farmers, Pannu also called upon all the farmers to replicate the modern practices propagated by these innovative farmers so as to make Punjab as ‘zero stubble burning state’.
Pannu, highlighting various pro-active measures initiated by the State Government to encourage the farming community to restrain from burning crop residue, revealed that nearly 28,000 residue management machines would also be provided to farmers involving a subsidy component of Rs 274 crore during current fiscal, adding that subsidy ranging from 50 to 80 percent is being provided under this scheme.
He also pointed out that the State Government had already provided over 28,000 such machines to farmers with a subsidy element of Rs 269 crore last year.
“With the concerted efforts coupled with whole-hearted support and cooperation from the farmers, positive results are forthcoming which is reflective from the fact that majority of farmers are switching over to in-situ crop residue management from the conventional paddy straw burning,” he added.