Air pollution issue: Administration takes step to stop stubble burning

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Ambala: Considering the rise in the pollution due to the stubble burning by the farmers, the agricultural and farmer welfare department has initiated a project to collect the stubble. The project has been launched on a pilot basis in two villages of Ambala. The farmers are being familiarized with the chaff cutters and balers – machines that compress crop residue into compact bales which are easy to store or transport.

According to the media report, these are now being taken to a sugar mill in Naraingarh for power generation. As a part of the project, through a private firm, farmers will be encouraged to sell their paddy stubble to the mill.

As per the news report published in Hindustan Times, Girish Nagpal, deputy director of agriculture (DDA) said Bada and Ugada villages from Ambala district have been chosen for the pilot project. He said, “Stubble worth Rs 1,800 per tonne is being delivered to the sugar mill under a contract, after which the profit will be given to the farmers after deducting the expenses of the baler machines. Broadly, farmers will get a profit of around Rs 500 per acre from this project.”

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