Agri dept un­able to pro­vide sub­sidy on stub­ble mgmt

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - PUNJAB - Anil Sharma let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

TARN TARAN: Ow­ing to the strict Na­tional Green Tri­bunal (NGT) reg­u­la­tions for stub­ble burn­ing, the small and medium state farm­ers may have to bear the brunt.

Mean­while, the state gov­ern­ment as­sured the bor­der dis­trict farm­ers of pro­vid­ing sub­si­dies on dif­fer­ent straw man­age­ment equip­ments.

Even though the har­vest­ing process has started but the agri­cul­tural de­part­ment is fac­ing fund crunch.

Agri­cul­tural de­part­ment sources said, “The Pun­jab farm­ers will have to spend more on ma­chines to man­age stub­ble residue.”

Chief agri­cul­ture of­fi­cer (CAO) Dr Par­tap Singh said, “The de­part­ment pro­vides 50% sub­sidy on su­per SMS ma­chine (cuts straw into pieces).”

But the de­part­ment lacks funds to sub­sidise equip­ments like happy seeder, drill ma­chine, malchar, chopper, baler, etc to man­age the crop residue.

An of­fi­cial re­quest­ing anonymity said “Mar­ginal farm­ers lack money to spend on stub­ble man­age­ment. The ad­min­is­tra­tion will fine them if they burn the stub­ble. So they are in jeop­ardy.”

He said, “There are 400-500 com­bines in the dis­trict and the su­per SMS ma­chine can only be used with com­bines, so, out of 62,000 dis­trict farm­ers only those with com­bines can get the ma­chin­ery on sub­sidy.”

He said, “Other ma­chiner­ies can only be used with big trac­tors and mostly farm­ers here can­not af­ford those.”

Tarn Taran based farmer Sat­nam Singh said that they are asked to avoid stub­ble burn­ing and let it de­cay over­time.

“But it takes four to five weeks and by then the sow­ing time for peas and potato crops will pass,” said Singh.

An­other farmer said, “The gov­ern­ment should give Rs 200 per quin­tal or Rs 6,000 per acre com­pen­sa­tion on paddy so that the farm­ers can man­age their crop residue.”

Kisan Sang­harsh Com­mitte leader Kawal­preet Singh Pannu said, “If the gov­ern­ment does not give com­pen­sa­tion to us, we will con­tinue the stub­ble burn­ing.”

HT FILE

The de­part­ment pro­vides 50% aid on su­per SMS ma­chine, but lacks funds to sub­sidise for drill ma­chine, malchar, etc.

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