For the primary two weeks of paddy harvesting that began from September 21 this yr, the selection of stubble burning fireplace circumstances has been recorded at 1,206. That is nearly five-time the selection of circumstances (264) recorded all through the kharif harvest of 2019 within the corresponding period of time. State government are apprehensive at this pattern.
Amritsar has reported greater than 50% of overall stubble fires, recording 686 circumstances. It’s adopted through 259 in Tarn Taran, Gurdaspur (50) and Patiala (60). All districts the place maximum circumstances were reported sow early-growing paddy types.
“State companies have taken tricky measures this season, as in comparison to the former kharif harvest and have been anticipating fires to be in keep watch over. Issues, then again, have long past awry,” stated an officer of the state’s agriculture division. He attributed the early harvest for the spike in circumstances.
The Punjab Air pollution Keep an eye on Board (PPCB), then again, downplays the upward push. “It’s starting of the season and the true pattern could be identified through the ultimate week of October after we are in heart of the season,” stated board’s member secretary Krunesh Garg. In 2018 and 2019 seasons, the selection of circumstances crossed 50,000 and Garg was hoping there will probably be a discount on this quantity.
To test those fires, the state govt has accredited 8,000 nodal officials to stay vigil in paddy rising villages. There are 10,500 villages within the state, the place paddy has been develop over 66 lakh acre this yr. Of this, 17.five lakh acre is lengthy grain fragrant basmati.
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350 farmers were fined Rs 9.three lakh
The PPCB has imposed surroundings repayment of Rs. 9.three lakh on 350 farmers stuck burning paddy stubble this yr. Any other 98 circumstances are beneath procedure to spot the violator. State companies shouldn’t have a gadget to recuperate the repayment and feature written to the Nationwide Inexperienced Tribunal to indicate a fashion. “We’re looking ahead to a answer from the tribunal,” a PPCB professional stated.
The PPCB has challaned homeowners of 5 harvest machines for operating with out the Tremendous Straw Control Device (SMS) that state govt has made necessary. The SMS gadget is helping in in-situ control of paddy straw. “Each and every device used to be fined Rs 50,000,” SS Marwaha, PPCB chairman.