Agrawal said that states have been told that Gram Sabhas should be allowed to open centers for providing machines on rent for better management of crop residues in the fields.
Center took steps to deal with the problem of stubble
Agriculture Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said on Monday that to tackle the problem of stubble burning, about Rs 491 crore has been released to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh before the harvesting of Kharif crops. He said that soon a meeting would be held with the representatives of Punjab and Haryana government in this regard.
The harvesting of paddy, the main Kharif crop, will start from October. After harvesting the paddy crop, its stubble remains in the fields, which the farmers burn. Stubble burning has long been a major cause of air pollution in northern India, while the central government has spent Rs 2,245.17 crore in the last four years to address the issue.
Talking to reporters, Agarwal said that states have been told that Gram Sabhas should be allowed to open centers for providing machines on rent for better management of crop residues in the fields. This will greatly facilitate the small farmers.
Which states have so far released how much money
To deal with the problem of stubble burning, the central government released Rs 491 crore to Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh in the financial year 2021-22. Out of this, Rs 235 crore has been released to Punjab, Rs 141 crore to Haryana and Rs 115 crore to Uttar Pradesh.
In the last four years, a total of Rs 1,050.68 crore has been released to Punjab, Rs 640.9 crore to Haryana, Rs 489.08 crore to Uttar Pradesh and Rs 4.52 crore to Delhi.
The fund has been released as part of a central scheme to promote agro-mechanization for the purpose of crop residue management in these states.
As a result, around 21,125 such custom hiring centers were opened in Punjab and 4,224 in Haryana, the secretary said.
Besides this, a mobile app was offered for the benefit of farmers to find out which machine tool center has what kind of machines and equipment, he said and added that many farmers are taking advantage of these centres.
Apart from giving subsidies to buy machines and open machine rental centres, the government is also creating awareness among farmers on the issue.
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