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Farmers steer crusade against stubble burning in Sangrur

Farmers steer crusade against stubble burning in Sangrur

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 10

The time when majority of farmers are adamant on burning paddy stubble, there are many who have not been indulging in the practice for many years. They have also launched a campaign against stubble burning across the district to convince others to adopt eco-friendly ways to manage the residue.

“I have been sowing paddy, wheat and other crops over 32 acres without burning stubble since 2004. My per acre production has increased as land fertility has improved,” said Harwinder Singh, a farmer from Bhadalwadh village of the district. He has won many awards from the state government and other authorities.

Similarly, Joga Singh Toor, a young farmer from Kanoi village, has not burnt paddy stubble for the last five years. He says alternative techniques to dispose of stubble has improved the health of the soil.

Amandeep Kaur (20) from Kanoi village said, “I motivated my family not to burn stubble and we have been sowing paddy and wheat without setting the drop residue on fire for the last five years. I have cleared IELTS to study in Canada, but gave up the plan after starting farming. Like me, other youngsters should also protect the environment by motivating farmers against stubble burning.”

There are hundreds of such farmers across the district who are working against stubble burning. The Sangrur administration has started bestowing VIP status on such farmers. The administration has issued VIP cards to all such farmers and they will get preference in all government offices for their daily works.

“All farmers are not burning stubble and after our campaign against stubble burning, we have succeeded in convincing many farmers against the practice. We are honouring farmers who are not burning stubble and registering cases against the guilty,” said Ghanshyam Thori, Deputy Commissioner.

Across the district, the authorities have registered 81 FIRs against farmers for burning stubble and arrested 55 farmers from various parts of the district.

Meanwhile, the DC has suspended Gopal Krishan, Dhuri kanungo, and two patwaris, including Aashutosh Kumar of Bhasaur and Swantantar Kumar of Balian, for not taking action against farmers indulging in stubble burning.

6 trucks impounded for illegal transportation of paddy

Chandigarh: The Punjab Food Supply Department’s Vigilance team last night impounded six trucks transporting paddy from other states for illegal sale on the minimum support price in the state. Food and Civil Supplies Minister Bharat Bhushan Ashu said one of the trucks was caught in Salem Tabri Mandi, Ludhiana, two in the Sangrur mandi, two in Sunam, and yet another on the premises of MK Rice Mill, Sunam. The team discovered about 9,000 bags of paddy from outside the state stacked in the rice mill. All trucks had entered Punjab via Ramnagar barrier/checkpost in Patiala. The minister said, “Such practices have been rampant and we are fully aware of the situation. Department’s Vigilance teams have been observing due vigil. We now have stringent norms in place and won’t let the defaulters go scot-free.” TNS

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