Panchayat members and farmers of Mehsampur village near Mehatpur in Nakodar Sub Division were facilitated Friday for unanimously taking a decision against stubble burning. Deputy Commissioner of Jalandhar Varinder Sharma visited the village Friday and lauded the initiative taken by the villagers. He said villagers had taken a visionary decision aimed at safeguarding the environment.
Sharma said as the management of paddy straw was an expensive task, the farmers must adopt the latest techniques through cooperative societies on custom hiring basis or by pooling in resources. “I am sure the innovative farmers of Punjab would lead the country to show the correct way to manage paddy straw,” he added.
Congratulating the village residents for taking this visionary initiative, the DC said that just like a ray of light illuminates the darkness, this decision would inspire many others to do the same. He said that the burning of paddy straw was very hazardous to human health and environment.
Sharma reiterated that due to stubble burning, 17 nutrients and several other micro-nutrients of soil were destroyed and it produces 70,000 mg particulate matter which has adverse effect on human health. “I appeal to all farmers in the state to replicate the example of this village for making Punjab a clean, green and pollution free state,” he added.