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Jalandhar: DC appeals combine operators and farmers to adopt stubble management practices

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The Fact News Service

Jalandhar, October 12

In a bid to curtail stubble burning practices in the district, the district administration has impounded another combine harvester operating without a super straw management system (SMS) attached to it on Monday. A penalty worth Rs. 50,000 has been imposed on the combine as environmental compensation.   

The action has been taken on the directions of Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori who had ordered that only machines attached with Super SMS would be allowed to harvest the paddy crops to curtail the paddy stubble burning. 

Executive Engineer Kuldeep Singh said that the combine was seized from fields in village Cheema near Kartarpur for violating the orders of Deputy Commissioner as it was found not having super SMS. 

He added that apart from impounding machines, Rs 50000 as environmental compensation has been levied. He said that the violator Joginder Singh of village Cheema was asked to deposit the environmental compensation within stipulated time period.

Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said that amid the coronavirus pandemic, it was necessary to curtail the stubble burning instances that could worsen the situation by polluting air quality, especially putting people with co-morbidity at higher risk. He called upon farmers and combine operators to resort to stubble management practices by adopting new hi-tech technologies to shun stubble burning. 

He mentioned that harvesting of paddy crops is done mainly by using combine harvesters and when Super SMS is attached on the backside of the combine, it chops the paddy straw into very minute pieces, which makes it easier for other machines to operate in the fields. The Super SMS can alone hold the potential to do away with the stubble burning trends as other machines could directly sow wheat seedlings while plowing the existing residue in the field.

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