HAU to speed up crop residue management
To check environment pollution owing to the burning of crop residues, the Haryana Agricultural University (HAU) has come up with an action plan to deal with the issue that has been a cause of worry for the government.
A sum of Rs 4 crore has been sanctioned to the university by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) for this work, he added.
The burning of crop residues, on one hand, contaminate the environment while on the other hand the number of beneficial micro-organisms and organic carbon in the soil is decreasing, thus resulting in depletion of productivity of the fields, Singh said.
Farmers should be given technology for paddy straw management so that they can have another alternative other than burning it, he said.
There are 20 districts in Haryana which cultivate sugarcane and paddy and the straw burning problem is the most serious in these districts.
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