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

Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

According to a team of researchers,stubble burning problem can be addressed by only educating farmers about the monetary costs of burning stubble.This can be done with the help of farmer cooperative groups who can play a more active role in educating farmers. Government efforts such as earmarking funds for specialised farming equipment (for straw management)… Continue reading Enforcing a ban will not end the menace of stubble burning, say researchers

Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study

According to a recent study titled “Risk of acute respiratory infection from crop burning in India: estimating disease burden and economic welfare from satellite and national health survey data for 250,000 persons” by the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), crop residue burning increases the risk of respiratory illnesses threefold for those who experience it.… Continue reading Crop burning raises risk of respiratory illness threefold, says IFPRI study