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ICAR report on Stubble Burning

ICAR report on Stubble Burning

The ICAR’s Creams Laboratory bulletin on 4th November 2019, stated that there had been a reduction of 12% in incidents of Stubble Burning as compared to 2018.

Key Points:

  • There were 31,402 burning events in the three states Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana as on October 1, 2019. 
  • The state-wise reduction in stubble burning compared to 2018 is as follows 

     1. Uttar Pradesh-48.2% 

     2. Haryana-11.7% 

     3. Punjab-8.7% 

  • The report says that the reduction is mainly due to the launch of Central Scheme “Promotional of Agricultural Mechanization of In-Situ Management of Crop Residue in Punjab, UP and Haryana and NCT of Delhi”. The main agenda of the scheme is to subsidise the machinery required.

Note:

  • New Delhi is worst affected due to stubble burning in the three states. This year (2019), the Air Quality Index of Delhi reached 999. This is the highest recorded AQI of Delhi in its history. According to WHO norms the AQI should be under 100.

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