Continuous stubble burning worsens air quality

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New Delhi: Despite the deteriorating air quality every day, the farmers of Punjab do not 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 residue on fire after thick black smoke billows in the sky. This incident was played in the fields of Bathinda, Punjab.

Among many states, Punjab has recorded the highest number of cases of stubble burning, while Haryana ranks second.

Other states in northern India, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, are also in line to set fire to paddy between September 15 and November 4 this year, further worsening the air quality.

On Saturday, the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi remained in the ‘severe’ category at 431. In Noida (UP), the AQI is 529, in Gurugram (Haryana) 478 and near Dhirpur 534, all in the ‘severe’ category.

Air pollution in these areas is causing itchy throat and burning eyes. Many citizens have also complained of shortness of breath after inhaling the toxic air.

contributes 34 percent to air pollution

SAFAR (Systems of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research) on Friday revealed that stubble burning contributes to 34 per cent of air pollution in the national capital.

A recent report released on November 4 shows a 12.59 percent increase in stubble burning cases in Punjab.

Also read: In lieu of rising air pollution, Haryana farmers decided to sell stubble

What is stubble burning?

The stubble is the residue of the paddy crop that needs to be removed from the ground or insects that develop in it will destroy fertility. For the sowing of wheat, it is necessary to remove the remaining paddy.

Among the various options, farmers opt for burning their crop residues as it is the cheapest method which does not involve any financial investment. However, this practice harms the environment as it contributes significantly to air pollution.

There are incidents of stubble burning around the last week of November.

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