Giving a clarion call to the state farmers to give up stubble burning
in the interests of ecology and human health, the CM said the practice not only caused pollution but also affected soil fertility in the long run.
When farmers burn stubble, it also destroys beneficial soil bacteria, he noted, adding the agriculturists should ideally dig a pit in their fields for stubble and let it ferment, so that becomes organic compost for boosting soil fertility.
In its observation on November 4, the apex court had warned that the entire administrative and police machinery from top to bottom, in the three states, would be held responsible even if a single instance of stubble burning
came to light.
Meanwhile, Adityanath launched web portal and e-ganna app for the state sugarcane farmers even as the 2019-20 crushing season has already begun.
He said the state was also working on a roadmap to convert sugarcane juice directly to ethanol, so that not only the farmers get better price but its blending in petrol pared the country’s dependency on other countries for fuel, thus saving the high oil import bill.
The CM further stressed on creating a Sugar Development Fund for the benefit of the cane farmers. He said the Fund would take steps towards expanding the capacity of state sugar mills, modernising the old plants and investing in other activities that improved the lot of farmers.
Adityanath directed the sugarcane department and the cane development societies to make the sugar sector viable and self sustainable. He underlined the use of technology in the sugarcane value chain, so that farmers get good value and can take informed decisions regarding cultivation and harvesting. He said the country could become prosperous and happy only if the farmers were happy themselves.