Agriculture
10 December 2018
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Agricultural waste burning
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India is trying to prevent apocalyptic air pollution. Step 1 : Stop farmers from burning their fields.

The article details the pollution issues related to the burning of agricultural waste in Punjab State and the implementation of incentives for farmers to change their practices.

In the villages of northern India, farmers have a tradition of burning straw in their freshly harvested rice paddies. The smog generated by this practice poses increasing health risks to the local population, and then moves southeast to New Delhi, which is one of the most polluted cities in the world. The State of Punjab is stepping up its efforts to encourage a shift in practices: awareness-raising campaigns, direct financial assistance for farmers and subsidies for new agricultural machinery to avoid burning. 

 

Author(s) : Joanna Slater, The Washington Post 

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