Agri Business

Stubble burning down by 41% in the North

TV Jayan New Delhi | Updated on August 13, 2019 Published on August 13, 2019

The root of the problem Crop residue burning continues because of lax implementation of regulations   -  NARINDER NANU

There was 41 per cent reduction in crop residue burning in North India in 2018 compared with that in 2016. As many as 4,500 villages in Haryana and Punjab were declared zero stubble burning villages in 2018, said Trilochan Mahapatra, Director General of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Under a central government scheme for promoting agricultural mechanisation for in-situ management of crop residue in North India between 2018-19 and 2019-20, an amount of ₹1,151.80 crore has been allocated. Within the first year of implementation, the Happy Seeder/zero tillage technology was adopted in 8 lakh hectares of land in these States, Mahapatra told a press conference here.

Under the scheme, financial assistance of 50 per cent of the cost is provided to farmers for purchase of in-situ crop residue management machines on individual ownership basis. The financial assistance for establishment of Custom Hiring Centres (CHC) of in-situ crop residue management machinery is at 80 per cent of the project cost, he said. During 2018-19, ₹269.38 crore, ₹137.84 crore and ₹148.60 crore have been released to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments, respectively.

Published on August 13, 2019

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