Ferozepur October 12, 2017 : The farmers who are not burning straw are true sons of motherland, said Kahan Singh Pannu, Chairman, PPCB - Punjab Pollution Control Board who was here in Ferozepur today in connection with the stubble burning issue during the current paddy harvesting season to meet the farmers with special attention to making the good use of crop residue and ill-effects of stubble burning.
The progressive farmers of the District Ferozepur - Gurwinder Singh Kang, Village Fidde, Swaran Singh, Gursewak Singh, Village Sade Ke Rohila, Davinder Singh Village Hakumat Vala, Kaku Singh Village Toot, Virsa Singh Village Bukhan Khana and many other farmers attended the meeting in the local Circuit House who have shunned the practice of stubble burning along with Er. Ravi Pal AEE and Er. Raj Pal Singh Gill JEE from Regional Office, Faridkot.
In the meeting, the various farmers have explained their experiences regarding the management of the paddy straw without burning the same in the fields.
After hearing the experiences of the farmers, the chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board appreciated the steps taken by the farmers regarding the non-burning of paddy straw.
He also informed to the farmers regarding the ill effects of the stubble burning as the same is causing multiple problems that include affecting the soil health, besides causing environmental pollution along with the destruction of many friendly species in the fields. Stubble burning not only causes pollution but destroys the organic matter in the soil, he added.
He further stated that the farmers who are not burning their paddy straw are the true sons of their motherland. Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board appraised the farmers regarding the decisions taken by the Hon'ble National Green Tribunal New Delhi in regard to the stubble burning in the fields.
He requested the farmers not to burn the paddy straw which leads to lethal air pollution. Dr. Mukhtiar SIngh, Chief Agricultural Officer also attended the meeting and he shared his experiences to plough the paddy straw into the fields without burning the same.
He also appreciated the farmers who are not burning the paddy straw and they also follow the instructions of the government and Hon'ble National Green Tribunal New Delhi.
In the last of the meeting, the farmers thanked the chairman of the Punjab Pollution Control Board for the meeting and they also took a pledge that they will not burn the paddy straw in their fields.