Punjab & Haryana Farmers burn Stubble crops damaging Air Purity putting COVID-19 patients at risk

After the harvesting of wheat this season, the incidents of stubble burning by farmers of Punjab can be seen.

After the harvesting of wheat this season, the incidents of stubble burning by farmers of Punjab can be seen. Burning of stubble by the farmers of Punjab and Haryana is a big issue and matter of concern for the atmosphere of Delhi. The capital of India is suffering from a dangerous air quality index. Delhi is at the top when it comes to the list of some of the worst most polluted capitals in the worlds. The Burning stubble from Punjab and Haryana contribute to a lot in the low air quality index of Delhi.

More than 77 incidents of stubble burning by the farmers of Punjab have been registered so far. The recent one is from Devi Dass Pura in Amritsar district. The positive side is that as per the record ,there were 162 and 806 fires in Punjab in 2019 and 2018, respectively, till May 2.

India is suffering from COVID-19 and the lungs of the human body is affected by this virus. The matter of concern is that the burning of stubble will cause to lower the Air Quality Index and thus there will be an adverse effect on the lungs of COVID-19 patients. However “In Punjab, wheat stubble is used for making dry fodder for cattle. Farmers only burn the leftover roots of wheat stubble. These roots can be mixed in the soil easily but still, farmers find the burning an easy way to clear it.” said a senior officer in the Agriculture department.

Director of Punjab Agriculture Dr. Sutantra Kumar Airy said that, “They are educating farmers for not indulging in the field fires and that too when COVID-19 cases are increasing day by day. The disease is related to the respiratory system and air pollution is harmful to the patients”.

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