Uttar Pradesh government has undertaken comprehensive measures to curb incidents of farm stubble burning to keep air pollution under check in the approaching winter season.
The step is supplemented with distributing bio-decomposers to farmers for free, providing them agricultural equipment for effective crop residue management and launching large-scale awareness campaign.
According to the UP agriculture department, a 50 percent subsidy is being provided on single agricultural equipment to desist farmers from burning stubble after harvesting the standing crop.
More than 44,000 single agricultural equipment have been distributed so far. The Yogi Adityanath government in UP has approved nearly 4,500 single agricultural equipment in the financial year 2023-24.
Last year, more than 1.3 million bio-decomposers were distributed while the target for 2023-24 is to distribute 1.7 million bio-decomposers.
Furthermore, effective coordination among officials in various departments viz. sugarcane, basic education, revenue, rural development, panchayati raj, local bodies, police, transport etc at the district level is being firmed up for proper implementation.
Dissemination of information about stubble utilisation is being facilitated by promoting units based on crop residue. Task forces are being formed at the village and other levels for maximum benefit.