Amidst the chaos surrounding air pollution in the national capital, few farmers in Punjab were arrested in November last year and fined for burning crop residue, one of the leading causes of air pollution. When detained, farmers complained that they had no other option to dispose the farm remains, and the government has not provided them machines. A similar state of affairs had been witnessed in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh as well, with the state government regulations falling on deaf ears and farmers burning crop stubble out of compulsion.
One of the suggested solutions to the Centre has been to implement better crop residue management. For those unaware, crop residue can be converted into bio-ethanol, tableware, paper and other products, thereby aiding in sustainable development and providing additional income to farmers.Economic Times