Uttar Pradesh farmers shouldn’t be harassed in name of stubble burning, orders CM Yogi Adityanath | Lucknow News


LUCKNOW: UP government has decided to undertake a major awareness campaign to convince farmers against burning crop residue. The decision has been taken in light of chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s orders that no farmer in the state should be harassed in the name of stubble burning prevention.
National Green Tribunal has made stubble burning a punishable offence, as farm fires across states like Punjab, Haryana and UP lead to a massive spike in air pollution levels during the winter months when the fall in temperatures results in high concentration of pollutants. High pollution levels are also being help responsible in part for the rise in Covid-19 cases in places like Delhi.
“The CM has said that under no circumstances will any misbehaviour with or harassment of farmers will be tolerated and therefore, officials should instead sensitise farmers against the ill effects of crop burning on environment, on their health and the condition of their soil. They should also give them alternatives for burning,” an official said.
A government spokesperson said the government is giving subsidy to farmers for equipment that can help in reducing crop residue in farms. In many places, he said, farmers have made crop residue profitable for themselves. “They will also be told that along with crop residue, by setting their fields on fire they also destroy nitrogen, phosphorous and potash which are crucial for the health of the soil, and good bacteria,” he said.
In October, chief secretary RK Tiwari had directed district magistrates and commissioners to ensure that arrangements are made to compost the stubble immediately after harvesting. In addition to this, arrangements should also be made to transport the residue to cow protection centres where it can be used as fodder.
Warning of action against officials if crop burning was found in their areas, Tiwari had said that posters, banners and loudspeakers should be used in all villages to create awareness about this issue and that gram pradhans would be held responsible if stubble burning was found in their areas.

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