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Gist of Editorials: Cutting through the Smog (The Hindu) | GS – III

Air pollution in north India has largely been attributed to stubble burning. Farmers are held responsible for the crisis but policies of the Central and State governments are at fault.

Relevance : GS Paper III (Ecology & Environment)

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  • Air pollution in north India has largely been attributed to stubble burning.
  • Farmers are held responsible for the crisis but policies of the Central and State governments are at fault.
  • How to tackle stubble burning?
    • crop diversification towards less water-intensive crops
    • strengthen the production and marketing of alternative crops
    • providing farmers an investment support and withdraw price-based support
    • an app-based support system, to rent out tractors and farm implements
    • effective use of paddy straw
    • framers should be given options such as biomass generation
    • use of geospatial techniques to identify areas where stubble burning is severe
    • encourage installation of biomass plants in areas of high stubble burning
    • Incentivize farmers to sell the residual for additional income
  • Incidents of stubble burning can be averted by long-term vision and strategic policy interventions.

 

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