Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

Synopsis: Co-firing policy floated by the government for the thermal plants is a win-win solution for farmers and environment. Introduction India’s economy is on the path to recovery since the second wave of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The first half of October saw a 4.9% increase in electricity consumption compared to September. However, coal… Continue reading Can biomass co-firing offer a viable solution to coal shortage and stubble burning?

How to get farmers to not burn crop residue

Synopsis: Steps to be taken to push famers away from resorting to stubble burning Introduction Farmers across northern India burn stubble to clear fields for the winter wheat sowing season. It is both a health and an environmental hazard that repeats every year. A 2018 Lancet study reported this as the number one reason for… Continue reading How to get farmers to not burn crop residue

Douse the farm fire – “Stubble burning Issue”

Synopsis: Despite various measures taken by both, state governments and central government, the issue of stubble burning continue to add to the air pollution in the North India and NCR region. It calls for a fresh relook at the issue. Introduction The stubble burning incidents are expected to increase this time compared to last year,… Continue reading Douse the farm fire – “Stubble burning Issue”

Steps taken by the Government for awareness about the Pusa Decomposer

Source: PIB What is the News? The Government of India has taken several steps to spread awareness about the Pusa Decomposer. About Pusa Decomposer: Pusa Decomposer is a low-cost capsule that can convert paddy stubble into bio-manure. The capsule consists of a fungi-based liquid solution that can soften hard stubble to the extent that it… Continue reading Steps taken by the Government for awareness about the Pusa Decomposer

Delhi govt to spray bio-decomposer in fields to prevent stubble burning

News: Delhi Chief Minister has announced that the Delhi government will start spraying bio-decomposer solutions to prevent stubble burning in non-basmati rice fields in the national capital. Facts: What is Bio-decomposer? It is a decomposer capsule which could be converted into a liquid solution and sprayed on fields with crop stubble. The solution when sprayed… Continue reading Delhi govt to spray bio-decomposer in fields to prevent stubble burning

Economic Survey 2019-20: What it says on stubble burning

News: Economic Survey 2019-20 has said that the number of stubble-burning incidents (61,332) in 2019 was the least in four years. However, the survey highlights agricultural residue burning as a “major concern”. Facts: Stubble Burning: It is the practice of intentionally setting fire to residues that remains after the harvest of a crop. It is… Continue reading Economic Survey 2019-20: What it says on stubble burning

India tests Swedish technology to reduce stubble burning

News:Recently,To find a solution to stubble burning issue,India is testing a Swedish technology torrefaction that can convert rice stubble into ‘bio-coal’. Facts: The government has funded a pilot project at the National Agri-Food Biotechnology Institute in Mohali (Punjab) with a Swedish company to evaluate the feasibility of the torrefaction technology. About Torrefaction: Torrefaction is a… Continue reading India tests Swedish technology to reduce stubble burning

Delhi Air Pollution: End stubble burning immediately, orders SC

News: The Supreme Court has asked the governments of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to immediately stop their farmers from stubble burning. Facts: Stubble Burning: It is the practice of intentionally setting fire to residues which remains after the harvest of a crop. It is usually done to clear the field quickly for the next… Continue reading Delhi Air Pollution: End stubble burning immediately, orders SC

Stubble burning incidents down in Punjab this harvest season

According to Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) data, the state had from April 15 to May 16 witnessed 5,981 incidents of stubble burning as against 9,900 cases reported during the corresponding period in 2018. Sangrur district topped the list with 553 incidents of stubble burning. Rupnagar district recorded the lowest number of stubble burning incidents.… Continue reading Stubble burning incidents down in Punjab this harvest season

Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad

Stubble burning i.e. agricultural residue burning has emerged as a major problem in Kuttanad, which is popularly known as the “Rice bowl of Kerala”. Stubble burning is the practice of intentionally setting fire to residues which remains after the harvest of a crop. It is usually done to clear the field quickly for the next… Continue reading Stubble burning menace emerges in Kuttanad