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Some make hay amid noise over paddy residue

Some make hay amid noise over paddy residue

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, November 5

At a time when farm fires have created serious environmental problems, the first self-financed hay bank of the state started in Mastuana Sahib of Sangrur is helping farmers of many villages to manage stubble without burning.

The bank authorities have assured of controlling farm fires and demanded little financial help from the Punjab Government to transport stubble to other states for its sale to various gaushalas.

“I have an order for lakhs of quintals of hay from various gaushalas in New Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The gaushalas are willing to pay Rs 2.50 per kg for hay. We are trying to collect funds at our own level but if the government is serious, it should at least help us by arranging transportation of hay to other states,” said Swami Amrita Anand from Mathura gaushala, who along with some local social workers have started a hay bank in Sangrur at Mastuana Sahib of Sangrur on October 19.

Since the start of the bank, Swami along with the other members has collected thousand of quintals of hay from various villages such as Bamal, Phagguwala, Rupaheri, Deh Kalan, Sangatpura, Duggan, Uppli, Longowal, Badrukhan, Ghanaur and from the outskirts of Sangrur city by spending from their own pockets. Apart from other states, they have also started getting orders from Sangrur gaushalas for the supply of hay.

“We have supplied around 700 quintals of hay to the government gaushala, Jhaneri, at the rate of Rs 100 per quintal. We also have orders to supply 1,000 quintals of hay to other gaushalas at different rates, depending on their difference from the fields,” said another member of bank AS Mann from local NGO Scientific Awareness and Social Welfare Forum.

Meanwhile, Sangrur Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said they had been trying to help the hay bank members to prevent farm fires in the district.

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