NEW DELHI: In a bid to to prevent stubble burning, the governments of Punjab and Delhi have teamed together to manage the straw in the fields by spraying Pusa bio-decomposer over 5,000 acres in Punjab as a pilot project.
Punjab Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal said in a press release on Thursday that high-level consultations on the subject were conducted in New Delhi.
Dhaliwal previously met with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the management of the pollution brought on by stubble burning in New Delhi, and he received the assurance of Kejriwal's full assistance.
Later, he discussed matters with Gopal Roy, his equivalent in Delhi. The governments of both states would work together on this endeavour, he claimed.
The process involves spraying the stubble with Pusa bio-decomposer, which causes the stubble to mix with the soil and eliminates the need for farmers to burn the stubble.
The Punjab government has made sufficient preparations to minimise pollution brought on by paddy stubble, including the provision of various equipment to farmers at subsidised rates, awareness campaigns, and the formation of surveillance teams in all districts.
He called the action anti-farmer and anti-Punjab and stated that the state government had suggested giving Rs 2,500 per acre to paddy producers in retaliation for the Union government rejecting a cash incentive proposal to farmers for not burning stubble.
He declared that a significant awareness campaign, led by representatives of the Rural Development and Panchayat, would be started in Punjab's rural areas to convince farmers to manage the stubble.