Delhi pollution to worsen in festive season; Punjab farmers start burning stubble

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The lawyer said the ban on stubble burning was not serving any positive objective neither to improve environment nor good for agriculture and also suggested converting agriculture residue into organic manure.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday sent notices to the Union Environment and Agriculture Ministries seeking details on the financial support sought by Punjab government to incentivise its farmers against stubble burning.

"Profit margins of small, marginal and semi-medium farmers are negligible and if they will spend on stubble management machinery or hiring it they will come under more debt", he added. The court had on 22 September issued a slew of directions to the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to stop stubble burning, saying "we can not have another gas chamber situation".

The bench observed that farmers must understand that without their assistance, there is no solution to this problem, which is severely affecting the air quality.

Chief agri officer urges farmers to use it as feed for cattle which is cheaper than dry fodderBathinda, October 12Even as the National Green Tribunal has banned burning of paddy stubble, members of various farmers' unions seem to be adamant on violating the order and going ahead with the practice of setting it on fire. The vehicles can not enter the territory of Delhi.

Meanwhile, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU-Ugrahan) state general secretary Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, said, "In order to dispose of stubble over one acre, a farmer has to spend at least Rs 5,000".

During the last hearing of the matter, several farmers from Punjab gathered outside the NGT office, alleging that the state government did not help them and is now threatening them with penalties. "When the government is not cooperating with us, we are compelled to burn stubble".

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