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| Last Updated:01/02/2019

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Centre okays Rs 1,151-crore plan to tackle stubble burning

Seeking to provide a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution to farmers to deal with the problem of stubble burning that results in raising air pollution levels in the capital and neighboring states every winter, the government approved a Rs 1,151 crore scheme to promote in-situ (in the farm itself) management of crop residue in PunjabHaryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.


The fund, approved by the cabinet committee on economic affairs (CCEA), will be used to promote agricultural mechanization for this purpose for the next two years (2018-20). Establishment of ‘Farm Machinery Banks’ for custom hiring of in-situ crop residue management machinery will be the key component of the scheme.

The government, under this fully centrally-funded scheme, will assist individual farmers, cooperative societies, farmer producer organizations (FPOs), Self Help Groups (SHGs), private entrepreneurs and registered groups of women farmers.

Out of Rs 1,151 crore central fund, Rs 591 crore will be spent in next fiscal while the remaining Rs 560 crore will be meant for assisting stakeholders in 2019-20. The fund will primarily be used to subsidize machinery required for in-situ management of the crop residue.

“It will be the responsibility of the agriculture ministry to identify manufacturers and equipment’s for in-site management of crop. The costs of these equipment’s will also be decided by the ministry in consultation with manufacturers so that it can be made available to users at reasonable price”, said an official.

The decision was taken as per the government’s budget announcement on having a special scheme to support efforts of the governments of Haryana, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi to address air pollution.


The move is expected to go a long way in tackling the air pollution issue as stubble burning is identified as one of the key problem areas, especially during the post-harvest season of October-November when the prevailing meteorological condition aggravates the situation further in Delhi and the national capital region.


Under the scheme, financial assistance of 80% of the project cost to set up ‘Farm Machinery Banks’ for custom hiring will be provided to cooperative societies of the farmers, FPOs, SHGs, registered farmers societies/farmers group, private entrepreneurs and group of women farmers.


“If an individual farmer would like to buy such machinery/equipment, the government will provide financial assistance of 50% of the cost of machinery for crop residue management”, said the official.


At the state level, department of agriculture of concerned state government will be the nodal implementing agency. It would be the responsibility of state governments to identify various beneficiaries and location-specific agricultural equipment’s, depending on the farming system.