The state government has made it mandatory for combine harvesters to attach the Super Straw Management System (SMS) with harvesters.
In order to check pollution and stubble burning by farmers, the Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) has decided to act tough on those combine harvesters not using Super Straw Management System (SMS) during the paddy season.
Last year the PPCB had issued only 84 challans to the farmers for not using Super SMS machine. Under the Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act 1981, the state government has made it compulsory for combine harvesters to attach the Super SMS. As per the information it is learned that there are around 13000 combine owners in Punjab.
Gurbaksh Singh, executive engineer, PPCB stated ‘’last year we issued 84 challans across the state now no violators will be spared for not using Super SMS along with harvesters’’.
The state government is also providing 80% subsidy to self-help groups (SHGs) whereas 50% subsidy is being provided to individual farmers on the Super SMS machine. Sutantar Kumar, Punjab agriculture director stated that all farmers who had applied for subsidy on Super SMS machines will be given subsidy. He further added that lucky draws for SHGs would be out soon under which 50% of the applicants will be provided subsidy.
In Punjab, paddy is sown on over 27 lakh hectares, including 6.60 lac hectares of area under basmati. Harvesting basmati in some parts has started while paddy harvesting will start across the state soon.
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