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Thursday, 22 October 2020

Rs 1,000 per acre incentive for not burning crop residue

tish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 21

Jagroop Singh, a farmer from the district’s Ugara village, is elated as he is set to get Rs 1,500 per acre, including Rs 1,000 incentive announced by the state government, for crop residue that he decided not to burn. He had sown paddy over 20 acres.

Ugara, along with Bara village, was selected for a pilot project, as per which paddy straw was to be sold to a private company, which, in turn, would sell it to Naraingarh sugar mill for power generation.

“Initially, some villagers objected to the pilot project. It was only after the private company assured them of buying stubble for Rs 500 and the government announced an incentive of Rs 1,000, villagers decided to think seriously on not burning the stubble,” said Jaswinder Singh, a representative of the Ugara sarpanch.

There is nearly 500-acre land in Ugara village and about 70 per cent of it has been harvested.

Vikas Beghal, the sarpanch of Bara village, said: “If farmers burn the straw, FIRs are registered against them. So it is prudent to sell off the stubble. This serves two purposes: one, environment is not harmed and, two, farmers can earn some money.”

As per a government order, an incentive of Rs 1,000 per acre (Rs 50 per quintal considering 20 quintal crop residue from one acre) will be given on ex-situ measures. To avail the benefit, farmers need to register on the Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Department’s portal. The incentive will be released on furnishing the proof of sale of bales to the industry.

Deputy Director (Agriculture) Girish Nagpal said: “Farmers in Ugara and Bara villages had agreed to sell paddy straw to a firm. So, the government announced an incentive of Rs 1,000 per acre. Farmers will also be provided with incentive if they store stubble bales in the space provided by the gram panchayat.”

from The Tribune

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