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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2020.9(7): 3985-3990
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.907.468


Rising Perils of Crop Residue Burning in Punjab during Covid-19 Pandemic
Surbhi Bansal, Lovepreet Singh and Shruti Chopra*
Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University Ludhiana, Punjab, India
*Corresponding author
Abstract:

Amid,Covid-19 pandemic raging around the world which is known to affect the lungs and cause respiratory distress, reckoning of wheat crop residue burning cases is not quashed in Punjab yet. Crop residue burning (CRB)is solemn problem in north India especially when burning of stubble not only affects environment pollution but is indeed in present scenario could be detrimental for Covid-19 patients with breathing problems. So, bearing in mind the seriousness of this problem the present study was undertaken to check the status of crop residue burning in Punjab. Study was based on the secondary data from Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, pertaining to years 2016 to 2020. The results of the study depicted that the number of CRB cases during kharif season started declining from 81042 to 55210 in Punjab during the years 2016 to 2019but the figure of the events was still high. While the instability has been shown in case of rabi season. Around 14081incidents of open field burning were recorded as per satellite imagery in Punjab during rabi harvest till 26 May, 2020. Study revealed that in light of current labour scarcities during covid-19 the farmers who had earlier adopted good management practices of crop residue could also go for burning of crops in coming season of paddy harvesting due to added problems to their plate which will intensify the problem of CRB plus add to the throbbing pain of Covid 19 patients. Study recommends trict government embargo on CRB, mandatory diversification of the cropping cycle on minimum acreage basis, shift to early-maturing rice varieties as recommended by PAU and making paddy residue management technologies like happy seeder widely available.


Keywords: Crop residue burning, Covid-19, rice-wheat monoculture, respiratory problems
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Surbhi Bansal, Lovepreet Singh and Shruti Chopra. 2020. Rising Perils of Crop Residue Burning in Punjab during Covid-19 Pandemic.Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 9(7): 3985-3990. doi: https://doi.org/10.20546/ijcmas.2020.907.468