Punjab refused to use biocompositor to control stubble burning; Union Environment Minister

Punjab refused to use biocompositor to control stubble burning; Union Environment Minister

Punjab had committed to use bio-compositor in only 5,000 acres, while the total area under paddy cultivation in the state is nearly 75 lakh acres.

Punjab had committed to use bio-compositor in only 5,000 acres, while the total area under paddy cultivation in the state is nearly 75 lakh acres.

Back Air quality in the National Capital Region (NCR) is expected to deteriorate to ‘severe’ conditionsUnion environment minister Bhupender Yadav said Punjab had failed to fulfill its obligations to curb stubble burning by “officially refusing” to use a biocompositor spray that reportedly helps farmers manage their paddy stubble.

Pusa biodecomposer It is a microbial solution developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi that breaks down rice stubble into manure. It has been piloted for over two years in Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. “But the AAP government in Punjab has said they will not use it. Without any scientific evidence they claim it doesn’t work,” Mr Yadav said. “On the other hand, the spray has been successfully deployed in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana and has helped reduce the incidence of stubble burning.”

The blame game

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Mr Yadav blamed Punjab’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government for turning Delhi into a “gas chamber”, pointing out that Punjab had seen a 19% increase in farm fires compared to last year, with 3,634 fires. reported only on Wednesday.

A day earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had blamed the Central government for the rise in arson cases in Punjab, which is also ruled by his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The Center had “rejected” requests to provide cash incentives to farmers for not burning their crop residues, he said.

Slow progress

Chairman of the Air Quality Management Committee M. M. The total area under rice cultivation in Punjab is about 75 lakh acres.

Adverse meteorological conditions have worsened the air pollution crisis in the Delhi NCR region, but overall, there is also a noticeable increase in awareness among farmers in Punjab that burning is not the solution, Mr Kuti told The Hindu. “Our ground surveys have shown that more farmers are collecting their stubble as stubble and are relying on multiple options to dispose of it. Although there is an increase in burnout this year compared to the past, it is lower than in 2020. There are changes, but they are slow,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)



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