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Punjab farmers demand viable solution for stubble burning

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Scores of farmers Saturday held a demonstration at Punjab's district, asking the government to come out with a viable solution for

Under the banner of (BKU), farmers including women gathered at Barnala's grain market, protesting against the state and central government for allegedly harassing paddy growers in

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 problem.

"The government should come out with a for problem or else give us Rs 200 per quintal as bonus for the management of crop residue," said BKU (Ugrahan)

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 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

"Farmers do not want that they should burn the stubble as it causes pollution. But they have to do so in the absence of any to the problem," he said.

and annually generate 220 and 65 lakh tonne of paddy stubble, respectively.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 17:40 IST