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Solutions to stubble burning exist, changing mindset is key: A K Padhee

Substituting Kharif paddy with other remunerative crops (like cotton, maize, soybean, fruits and vegetables, etc suiting the market) is one solution, says Padhee

Arabinda Kumar Padhee

Arabinda Kumar Padhee | Illustration by Binay Sinha

Sanjeeb Mukherjee
Come winter, North India is engulfed in a thick concoction of smoke, pollutants and heavy air that makes lives miserable for people in most cities here. Arabinda Kumar Padhee, country director-India of International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) talks to Sanjeeb Mukherjee about the various aspects of the problem and also how it can be tackled without harassing the farming community. Edited excerpts:

Stubble burning has become a big cause for pollution in North India during winter. A lot of theories are floating around. What, according to you, is the root cause?

There could be a multitude

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First Published: Nov 23 2019 | 6:59 PM IST

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