New Delhi: Despite deteriorating air quality each day, farmers in Punjab seem not to stop the practice of stubble burning causing serious damage to the environment.
In a fresh clip from Punjab, a farmer can be seen setting paddy residues on fire following a thick black smoke in the sky. The incident was played out in the fields of Bhatinda district in Punjab.
Among several states, Punjab has reported the highest number of stubble burning cases following Haryana standing in second place.
— ANI (@ANI) November 5, 2022
Other states of North India which includes Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh are also included in activities of setting paddy on fire between September 15 and November 4 this year.
On Saturday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) Delhi remains in ‘Severe’ category at 431. In Noida (UP), the AQI is 529, 478 in Gurugram (Haryana) and 534 near Dhirpur, all in ‘Severe’ category.
The Air pollution in these areas are causing itchy throat and burning eyes. Many civilians have also complained of respiratory problems after having inhaled the toxic air.
34 per cent contribution to Air Pollution
The SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research), Friday, revealed that stubble-burning has contributed up to 34 per cent to the air pollution in the national capital.
In a latest report on November 4, Punjab has witnessed a rise of 12.59 per cent of rise in stubble burning cases.
What is Stubble Burning?
Stubble is the paddy crop residues which needs to be removed from the land otherwise the worms will develop and destroy the fertility. It is essential to remove the left standing paddy in order to sow wheat.
Among various options, farmer choose to burn their crop residues as it is the cheapest way that involves no financial investments. However, the practice causes harm to the environment as it significantly contributes in the air pollution.
Stubble burning plays out around the last week of November.