AS PART of efforts to curb stubble burning in the winter, the Uttar Pradesh government has launched a campaign to raise awareness as well as distribute agriculture equipment for crop residue management as well as set the target to distribute 17 lakh bio-decomposers for stubble this financial year.
Officials said on Tuesday that in order to check stubble burning, bio-decomposers would be given free of cost to the farmers., while 50 per cent subsidy is being provided on purchase of single agriculture equipment. Around 44,363 such subsidised equipment has been distributed to the farmers till date.
Officials said that last year,13.22 lakh bio-decomposers were distributed to the farmers. However, this year the target is to distribute bio-decomposers to 17 lakh farmers. So far, 1.66 lakh bio-decomposers have been distributed for this season in this financial year.
Burning of stubble contributes to air pollutants and is also considered to affect soil fertility. As a result, bio-decomposers are sprinkled on the agriculture residue to decompose it rather than burn it. It is believed that bio-decomposers naturally decompose the agriculture residue there by maintaining soil fertility along with stopping air pollutants as well.
In order to make the drive effective, eight departments have been directed to co-ordinate with each other as apart from distribution, awareness is also be created among farmers about the right way to
use these bio-decomposers and the importance of not burning stubble.
Thus, along with agriculture, sugarcane, basic education, revenue, rural developments, panchayati raj, local bodies, police, and transportation department officials have also been roped in. Task forces have also been formed at the village, nyaya panchayat, development block, tehsil, and district levels for creating awareness and undertaking exercise to curb stubble burning.