Stubble-burning continues in Amritsar despite ban; farmers claim lack of alternatives forcing them to set fire to crop residue

  • Though stubble burning is banned in Punjab, several farmers in Amritsar continue to burn crop residue claiming a lack of alternatives

  • The farmers also said that they are ready to follow the government's instructions, but they should be practical and economically viable

  • Meanwhile, air quality in Delhi remained poor for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday with overall Air Quality Index docking at 266

Amritsar: Though stubble burning is banned in Punjab, several farmers in Amritsar continue to burn crop residue claiming a lack of alternatives.

"We are forced to burn the stubble as we do not have any alternatives. Even animals do not eat paddy stubble. There is no industrial use of it, and even if there is any, there are no such plants here," said a farmer, Billa, adding that the government should set up such plants where they can sell the crop residue.

 Stubble-burning continues in Amritsar despite ban; farmers claim lack of alternatives forcing them to set fire to crop residue

File image of stubble burning in Punjab. Reuters

Meanwhile, air quality in Delhi remained poor for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday with overall Air Quality Index (AQI) docking at 266. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that stubble burning in neighbouring states is one of the main causes of air pollution in the national capital.

Farmers, however, believe that industry and automobiles are bigger causes of pollution than smoke from stubble burning.  Jovan Singh, a farmer said, "I believe pollution caused due to stubble burning is only five percent rest 95 percent is caused due to vehicles and factories. The government is not considering these causes of pollution, they are just focusing on farmers and the pollution caused by burning crop residue."

The farmers also said that they are ready to follow the government's instructions, but they should be practical and economically viable.

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Updated Date: Oct 14, 2019 11:25:03 IST