Teams Of PPCB Continue To Visit Fields, Exhorting Farmers To Manage Stubble

Jalandhar October 29 (Jaswinder Azad)- On the directions of Punjab Government to persuade the farmers for adopting paddy straw management and shunning the stubble burning, various teams of Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) continue to visit the fields and exhorting the farmers to manage the crop residues instead of burning which poses serious risks to the environment and health of people.
A team led by Executive Engineer Mr Arun Kumar Kakkar along with Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) Mr Sandeep Kumar visited Jhalla Singh, Cheema, Amabgarh, Bhate, Faridpur and Mand Maur villages. Another team led by AEE Ravideep Singla held talks with the farmers of the Rupowal, Saidowal, Bahadurpur, Muthada kalan, Akalpur, Masopur, Anihar, Apra, Bhangli and Birk over the ill-effects of burning the straw burning.
Similarly, third team also inspected the fields in villages including Chuharwali, Chamo, Kandola, Damunda, Nangal Aariyan, Khingra Choe, Jallowal and Beas Pind and met the farmers.
Mr Kakkar told that farmers were guided to manage the stubble in their fields with the help of in-situ techniques. They were also told about the orders issued by National Green Tribunal.
He revealed the team members also detailed the farmers about I-Khet machine mobile through which the farmers can have easy access to agricultural equipment for in-situ management of straws. Besides, they also informed them regarding “E-PEHaL” app for monitoring tree plantation, and “e-Prevent” app to have prompt and accurate information regarding incidents of crop residue burning.
These applications would provide relevant information at the district, block and village levels, in English and Punjabi, he said and added that these apps have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, Ludhiana.
Further, the teams also distributed pamphlets and posters for making the villagers aware of the pollution caused by straw burning.

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