Under the banner of Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU), farmers including women gathered at Barnala's grain market, protesting against the state and central government for allegedly harassing paddy growers in Punjab.
They demanded the government give farmers Rs 200 per quintal as bonus for the management of crop residue if it failed to propose a viable solution for stubble burning problem.
"The government should come out with a proper solution for stubble burning problem or else give us Rs 200 per quintal as bonus for the management of crop residue," said BKU (Ugrahan) general secretary Sukhdev Singh Khokrikalan.
They sad by using farm machinery, only 9 per cent of the stubble which comes around 20 lakh tonne out of 220 lakh tonne can be managed, said Khokrikalan.
He said farmers were being unnecessarily defamed over stubble burning issue. "Stubble burning causes only 8 per cent of air pollution and only paddy growers are being blamed for causing environment pollution. But nobody speaks about those who causes 92 per cent of pollution," he further said.
Farmers also accused private farm equipment companies of making profit by hiking the cost of machinery.
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