Despite using 80000 stubble cutting machines, 94 lakh paddy straw was burnt in Punjab
Chandigarh: Even as Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and officials from the four north Indian states of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh deliberated on how to prevent paddy stubble fires, farm fires across Punjab There have already been 40 incidents of impingement. The numbers may not sound alarming, but they have already raised alarm bells as the kharif crop season peaks from mid-October to mid-November. These 40 cases have come to the fore in five days since September 15.
Rs 300 crore unutilized fund spent: Tomar to states
In a meeting with officials of four north Indian states, Tomar said that Rs 600 crore has been released to the states during the current financial year. The unspent amount of Rs 300 crore is lying with the states and they have not been utilized. So far, the Center has already released several Rs. 240.00 crore Rs. 191.53 crore Rs. 154.29 crore, and Rs. 14.18 crore to Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi respectively as the first installment.
94 lakh tonnes of paddy straw burnt in Punjab
In the last four years, 90,000 paddy straw cutting machines have been distributed for in-situ (at origin) stubble management. Despite this, the farmers did not stop burning the stubble. This year another 56,000 machines are being given to farmers at heavily subsidized rates. Yet we are far from achieving the goal of making Punjab’s farm fire free. Experts say that this is because 185 lakh tonnes of paddy straw is produced every year. Of this, 80 lakh tonnes is handled in-situ, while 11 lakh tonnes is handled through ex-situ (away from origin) in 11 biomass-based power plants, where 8.8 lakh tonnes of paddy straw is produced. is used. Also, seven industrial units that produce paper, sugar and cement use stubble as fuel with a consumption of three lakh tonnes. The remaining 94 lakh tonnes has been burnt which is a major cause of concern.
Despite cutting paddy straw, fire broke out in the field
The biggest concern of the government is that despite the distribution of paddy cutting machines, in the last four years the backwaters of Punjab have caught fire in the fields. In 2017, the number of farm fires in Punjab was reported to be around 45,300. The following year, that number grew and reached 50,500. In the year 2019, the number of farm fires was 55,000, and the number of farm fires recorded in 2020 was 76,500. In 2021, the number of farm fires decreased marginally to 71,000.
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