Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Sunday that the government had asked industries to use stubble to produce ethanol to prevent farmers from burning crop residues, resulting in a serious deterioration in air quality.
âThis time, there are fewer cases of stubble burns. In some places, those who do, we take strict action against them, âKhattar added.
The Haryana government has developed a strategy to prevent farm fires during the rice stubble burning season. Over 34 hectares of lakh are engaged in the rice harvest in the state.
The government has offered cash incentives to farmers, introduced a staggered paddy harvest, raised public awareness through various campaigns, and panchayats have passed zero stubble burning resolutions to discourage farmers from burning crop residues.
The government has also forged links with gaushalas, packaging companies, brick kilns, papermaking and furniture industries to help use crop residues. âThe government provides ??1000 per acre farmers and industries are also coming to buy stubble this time, “Khattar told reporters and reiterated that they” will not let pollution increase “.
For 2021-22, ??141 crore was released under the Crop Residue Management (CRM) program. The government also plans to use an additional amount of ??58 crores for thatch management this year.
The Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Climate Change said on Friday that the burning of paddy residue fell by 18.28% in Haryana, compared to the same period last year. The state reported 487 paddy fire incidents compared to 596 incidents reported last year, the ministry added.
The three districts of Karnal, Kaithal and Kurukshetra account for 80% of stubble burning incidents in the state. The state government has placed 922 hotspot villages, 199 in the red zone and 723 in the yellow zone, under active surveillance. The districts of Fatehabad, Kaithal, Jind, Karnal, Sirsa and Kurukshetra have been placed on red alert. All farmers in the red and yellow zones were allowed to purchase crop residue management machines this year.
(with contributions from the agency)