Combines without straw management system to be seized: Agriculture Secretary - ECAS Punjab

Combines without straw management system to be seized: Agriculture Secretary

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 23

To ensure cleaner environment, especially considering the Covid-19 pandemic, the Punjab Government has made it mandatory under the Air (Prevention amp; Control of Pollution) Act, 1981, for owners of combine harvesters to have super straw management system installed in their machines.

Agriculture Secretary Kahan Singh Pannu said some combine owners in the state were not installing the system, just to save time and cost of operation.

With paddy grown on 67 lakh acres in Punjab and just one month left for the beginning of harvesting, the combines without the straw management system would not be allowed to operate and shall be impounded, along with the imposition of heavy fines. Cases would also be filed against the owners which could lead to imprisonment of up to six years, Pannu said.

Explaining the salient features of the system, he said it helped in the direct sowing of wheat with machines, such as happy seeders and super seeders, saving the time and money of farmers. Further, the management of paddy residue harvested by the system was quite easy and therefore, did not require the farmers to burn the straw.

Listing the incentives provided by the state government, Pannu said this year, the government was providing subsidy ranging from 50 per cent to 80 per cent for the purchase of 23,500 crop residue management machines.

from The Tribune

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