Indore Air Pollution Rising, Farmers Still Burning Stubble Despite Ban
Despite a strict ban and fine of around INR 15,000 - farmers across Indore and Ujjain divisions are still burning stubble
Burning crop residue is a major problem in Northern parts of India. Since stubble burning causes air pollution and many ill effects on humans and animals, the Indian government has banned the practice in various parts of North India, including Indore. However, a recent report has emerged stating that air pollution in Indore is still on the rise due to the continuous practice of stubble burning by farmers.
On this matter, Indore deputy director (agriculture) Shivsingh Rajput mentioned that the government is urging farmers not to burn stubble as it is not good for the environment, soil, and their health as well. However, farmers are still indulging in stubble burning across the state. According to the Central Pollution Control Board, this practice has impacted the AQI of Indore with a rise from 126 (reported between Feb 16 and March 15), which is unhealthy for sensitive groups, to 153 (reported between March 16 to April 15), which is unhealthy to all.
Problems due to stubble burning
Due to stubble burning, the carbon particles – PM10 and PM2.5 – release and travel long distances. Hence, it results in environmental damage to all neighboring regions. Not only the environment, but these carbon particles also have ill effects on human health. It can cause obstructive pulmonary disease in the long term. Furthermore, it increases the risk of various respiratory infections, like asthma.
Despite being aware that stubble burning is illegal and harmful to the environment, farmers are still following this ill practice due to operational limitations. Even though there are certain solutions, like microbial sprays, available to eliminate crop residue in an eco-friendly way, many farmers are probably not aware of such remedies.
Solution to stubble burning and Indore air pollution
Well, instead of taking action against farmers, the administration should offer them better technical assistance. They must also provide farmers with appropriate machines and other products to eliminate crop residue without much hassle.
For instance, a microbial spray – PUSA decomposer – can be a great alternative to stubble burning. This microbial spray can decompose crop residue within a few days without the need to burn it.
Via: Times of India