Stubble Burning: Need A Way Forward

Stubble Burning: Need A Way Forward

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Every year the northern region of India faces the grim problem of rising pollution mainly due to stubble burning in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. This fetches a thick layer of smog to cities like Delhi, which is already choking from local sources of pollution.

As the Supreme Court has noted, this polluting endangers the Right To Life because it significantly reduces the lifespan of a human being.

Moreover, this year the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic is threatening to make this situation even worse as an increase in air pollution is causing a surge in Coronavirus cases.

So, now we need to first understand why farmers have to set fire to their crop residue?

Well, the main reason is the use of mechanised harvesting which leaves several inches of stubble in the fields.

Earlier, this stubble was used by farmers for cooking, or as hay to keep their animals warm or even as extra insulation for homes. But, now the use for such purposes has become outdated and hence, farmers resort to the cheapest and quickest method for getting rid of it i.e., burning the stubble in the crop fields itself.

But, the effects of stubble burning are dreadful. Open stubble burning emits large amounts of toxic pollutants in the atmosphere which contain harmful gases like methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. After being released in the atmosphere, these pollutants disperse in the surroundings, undergo physical and chemical transformations, and eventually adversely affect human health by causing a thick blanket of smog.

Burning of stubble can also be a nightmare for farmers too since it significantly reduces soil fertility by destroying the nutrients. The heat generated by stubbleburning penetrates into the soil, leading to a tremendous loss of moisture and helpful microbes.

Thus, an alternate approach to stubble burning needs to be adopted by farmers. Here, both farmers and the government need to explore the Chhattisgarh Model.

The Chhattisgarh model is an innovative experiment that has been undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government which involves the setting up of gauthans.

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Every year the northern region of India faces the grim problem of rising pollution mainly due to stubble burning in states like Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. This fetches a thick layer of smog to cities like Delhi, which is already choking from local sources of pollution.

As the Supreme Court has noted, this polluting endangers the Right To Life because it significantly reduces the lifespan of a human being.

Moreover, this year the outbreak of Coronavirus pandemic is threatening to make this situation even worse as an increase in air pollution is causing a surge in Coronavirus cases.

So, now we need to first understand why farmers have to set fire to their crop residue?

Well, the main reason is the use of mechanised harvesting which leaves several inches of stubble in the fields.

Earlier, this stubble was used by farmers for cooking, or as hay to keep their animals warm or even as extra insulation for homes. But, now the use for such purposes has become outdated and hence, farmers resort to the cheapest and quickest method for getting rid of it i.e., burning the stubble in the crop fields itself.

But, the effects of stubble burning are dreadful. Open stubble burning emits large amounts of toxic pollutants in the atmosphere which contain harmful gases like methane (CH4), carbon monoxide (CO), volatile organic compounds (VOC) and carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. After being released in the atmosphere, these pollutants disperse in the surroundings, undergo physical and chemical transformations, and eventually adversely affect human health by causing a thick blanket of smog.

Burning of stubble can also be a nightmare for farmers too since it significantly reduces soil fertility by destroying the nutrients. The heat generated by stubbleburning penetrates into the soil, leading to a tremendous loss of moisture and helpful microbes.

Thus, an alternate approach to stubble burning needs to be adopted by farmers. Here, both farmers and the government need to explore the Chhattisgarh Model.

The Chhattisgarh model is an innovative experiment that has been undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government which involves the setting up of gauthans.

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