Stubble burning: Gopal Rai says Pusa institute’s bio-decomposer can assist cut back air pollution

New Delhi, September 16

Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai on Wednesday witnessed an indication of a bio-decomposer developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute to transform crop stubble into manure and stated if profitable, it would assist cut back air air pollution.

He stated he’ll focus on the approach, which entails spraying the decomposer on crop stubble, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and later a piece plan might be developed for its implementation.

Every 12 months, Delhi’s air high quality plummets as farmers within the nationwide capital and neighbouring states burn agricultural stubble to clear their fields earlier than the onset of winter to sow the subsequent crop.

Farmers declare that setting their fields on hearth is the one economically viable answer to clear stubble earlier than the sowing season begins.

Rai stated the Delhi authorities will present the bio-decomposer to farmers freed from price.

“The cost of spraying the decomposer in fields will be borne by the Delhi government so that there is no financial burden on the farmers and an effective solution to the problem of stubble burning can be developed,” he stated.

The minister stated the Central authorities has devised a scheme below which subsidy is supplied to farmers for utilizing machines to clear crop stubble.

“I believe that the money spent on the purchase of machines and the subsidy can be used for the decomposition of stubble in these states. If successful, the technique will reduce smoke and air pollution,” he stated.

The Union Environment Ministry has a vital position to play on this initiative, he added.

Delhi faces air air pollution yearly in winter as a result of burning of crop stubble in neighbouring states, Rai stated.

“Punjab produces 20 million tonnes of crop stubble out of which 9 million tonnes was burnt last year. In Haryana, 1.23 million tonnes out of 7 million tonnes was burnt,” he claimed.

Rai stated the Delhi authorities will speak to the Union Environment Ministry and the governments of neighbouring Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh for coordination in implementing the bio-decomposer approach.

The Delhi authorities is eager to develop a sustainable and efficient answer to the problem of stubble burning that causes main air pollution in Delhi, particularly in the course of the winter season, he stated.

Last 12 months, stubble burning accounted for 44 per cent of Delhi’s air air pollution, he stated.

An official of the Indian Agricultural Research Institute stated it has obtained an advance order from the Uttar Pradesh authorities to reveal the approach on 25,000 hectares of land.

He stated round 10 firms are manufacturing the institute’s bio-decomposer on a big scale. PTI

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