The state government has started giving both incentives and strictness for stubble management. Apart from making farmers aware and encouraging them to make compost from stubble, there is also a provision for financial penalty to compensate for the environmental damage caused by stubble. Biodegradable bottles are distributed free of cost to farmers for crop residue management.

State Bureau, Lucknow. The state government has started working on both incentives and strictness for stubble management. While raising awareness among farmers and encouraging them to use stubble for making compost, strict financial penalties have also been prescribed to compensate for the environmental damage caused by stubble. 

17 lakh biodegradable bottles are being distributed free of cost to farmers for crop residue management. The Agriculture Ministry had taken this decision last year after being encouraged by the use of biodegraders. Last year, 1.322 million units of biodegradants were distributed to farmers.

Recommendations for spraying biodegradants

By using biodegraders, farmers can decompose crop residues in their fields, thereby increasing the biocompatibility of their fields. One bottle of biodegrader is sufficient for one acre. Farmers are advised to dig pits in their fields, collect the stalks and then spray biodegradants on it. 

Farmers are also advised to water their fields and spray urea to quickly destroy crop residues. As a result, crop residues are quickly converted into fertilizer. 

Compensation order issued

Apart from this, ‘Stubble Composting’ project is also being run like last year. Meanwhile, compensation orders have been issued to all the districts following the National Green Tribunal’s order making burning of crop residue a punishable offence. 

Instructions have been issued to all district magistrates to collect environmental compensation of Rs 2,500 for areas up to two acres, Rs 5,000 for areas up to two acres and Rs 15,000 for areas more than five acres.

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