The Fact News Service
Moga, October 12
The district administration in collaboration with the farmers is working hard to break the tradition of burning paddy straw in Moga district and save the nature. The district administration has set a target of sending 75,000 tonnes of paddy straw to biomass plants during this season.
In a meeting with the officials at the local meeting hall today, Deputy Commissioner Harish Nair said that as per the report of the Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Moga, it is estimated that 18 lakh 786 metric tonnes of straw would be released in Moga district this season out of which 1 lakh. 5,400 tons of straw bales will be killed. He said that at present there are 20 balers at government level in Moga district and 14 balers at customer hiring centers. A baler can cultivate bales of 500 hectares throughout the season. One hectare yields 62 quintals of straw. Thus 34 balers will hit 1 lakh 5 thousand 400 tons of straw bales.
He said that the biomass plants at Talwandi Bhai and Bajakhana could send 50,000 tonnes and 25,000 tonnes of straw bales per plant respectively. He said that if this target was achieved in Moga district then it would prove to be a big step to save the nature. He sought the cooperation of all the administrative officers and farmers for this purpose. He said that the area which would be left untouched by straw bales would be sown directly by the farmers. He said that while burning of straw was detrimental to the environment, it also posed a threat to human lives due to road accidents and respiratory diseases.
Nair directed the officers to work diligently for the next 10-15 days to get the district of Moga out of the tradition of burning straw. He clarified that if any farmer would set fire to the paddy straw then strict legal action would be initiated against him. Similarly, strict departmental action will be taken against any government official who ignores the incidents of arson or does not take timely action. He said that he should get the action taken report in this regard by 4 pm daily.