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Friday, 23 October 2020

3K farm fire incidents, Karnal tops

Tribune News Service

Hisar, October 22

Incidents of stubble burning are going on unabated in Haryana as a total of 3,190 active fire locations have been detected by the Haryana Space Applications Centre (HARSAC).

Sources revealed that Karnal district has so far recorded the highest number crop fires in the state with 658 active fire locations. Karnal's neighbouring Kurukshetra and Kaithal districts too have reported 593 and 545 incidents respectively.

The HARSAC had started monitoring and collecting data of the number of active fire locations in districts of Haryana from September 25 during the kharif season. Sources maintained that the districts of Ambala with 379 active fire locations and Fatehabad 232 active fire locations till today are also problematic districts.

The burning of paddy straw by farmers has been a problem in the state for many years. Karnal, Kurukshetra, Kaithal, Fatehabad, Ambala and parts of Sirsa and Jind are major paddy growing districts.

The farmers maintained that despite the assurances from the government, they are still to find an effective mechanism to dispose of paddy straw.

The data indicated that the highest number of active fire locations was reported on October 18 so far.

The officials maintained that the data would be collected till the first week of December for detailed analysis and comparison with previous years.

Fatehabad district which is a hub of paddy farming in this region spotted 232 active fire locations in about 70 villages.

Agriculture officials maintained that farmers in Hisar, Fatehabad and Sirsa districts harvest the paddy comparatively at a later stage due to late sowing of paddy in this region. Fire incidents could go up in the next few days in this region.

In Hisar, a total of 99 active fire locations were recorded and the administration has so far imposed a fine of about Rs 1 lakh, said an agriculture official.

Deputy Commissioner Priyanka Soni informed that a three-tier committee has been constituted to make farmers aware, monitor the situation and penalise the farmers who resort to stubble burning in the district. The DC urged the farmers to get the benefit of the government scheme to dispose of the paddy straw instead of resorting to burning which causes air pollution.

from The Tribune

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