Campaign to make farmers aware of harmful effects of burning paddy straw launched

Jalandhar
Posted at: Sep 10, 2018, 2:27 AM; last updated: Sep 10, 2018, 2:27 AM (IST)

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Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 9

In order to dissuade the farmers from burning padding straw, the district administration has begun a major village-level campaign to make the farmers aware of the hazardous effects of the paddy straw burning.

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Jalandhar Varinder Kumar Sharma said under the campaign, camps were organised at village and block level to sensitise farmers against paddy straw burning. He said the basic idea behind the drive was to make people aware of the damage caused to human health and environment due to paddy straw burning. Sharma also said the Agriculture Department played a pivotal role to carry forward the mission to make farmers aware of the negative effects of paddy straw burning.

The DC said under the campaign, the thrust was being laid to make farmers aware that due to burning of paddy straw, several major nutrients and other micro nutrients of soil were destroyed, which increased the input cost of farmers in term of fertilizers by nearly Rs 1,800 per acre. He said the burning of paddy straw produced 70,000 MG particulate matter which had an adverse effect on human health. Sharma also said under the campaign, farmers were being made aware that instead of burning the paddy straw, they must adopt effective methods for its management through latest techniques.

The DC said the hazardous practice of paddy straw burning was causing irreparable damage to environment and human health. He said it was the need of the hour to do away with this practice to save environment. Sharma cautioned that if the farmers did not shun this practice, it would pose a serious threat to our coming generations.

Naresh Gulati said the total area under paddy cultivation in Jalandhar was 1.70 lakh hectare. He said total rice straw produced in Jalandhar was approximately 11 to 12.75 lakh ton. He also said about 2,000 nutrients could be saved if straw was mixed in soil adding that new equipments such as happy seeder, rotavator, paddy cutter-cum-shredder, paddy chopper-cum-shredder and mulcher could ensure optimum management of paddy straw.

A serious threat

Due to burning of paddy straw, several nutrients of soil get destroyed, which increases the input cost of farmers in terms of fertilizers by nearly Rs 1,800 per acre. The burning of paddy straw produces 70,000 mg particulate matter which has an adverse effect on human health. The farmers must adopt effective methods for its management through latest techniques.