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FARMERS SHOULD AVOID BURNING OF RICE STUBBLES, WASIF KHURSHID

FARMERS SHOULD AVOID BURNING OF RICE STUBBLES, WASIF KHURSHID
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Lahore (UNN): Wasif Khurshid Secretary Agriculture Punjab has said that Punjab is on the edge due to environmental pollution. Smog causes to effect human health and people have to suffer in case of smog effects. He disclosed that it is recommended that air pollution must not exceed 80 microgram per cubic meter as per standard measure but if same exceeded to 200 microgram per cubic meter in multiple areas then this condition is known to be as Smog. Dense smog has adverse effect for not only human beings but also for the crops. Due to smog, photosynthesis process in leaves of crops is also affected and plants cannot make their necessary food. Plants, under the effect of smoggy clouds, cannot prepare necessary hormones for its growth and per acre yield of crops may effect due to this situation. Secretary Agriculture Punjab says that mitigate the effects of smog, farmers should avoid burning of crop residual e.g rice stubble burning etc. Instead of burning farmers should mix the crop residual into the soil through deep plough through rotavator or disc harrow . Wasif Khurshid disclosed that this year Agriculture Department will monitor & report burning of Rice stubbles incidents on day today basis and those who will be involved in this practice will found themselves in hot water because under Section-144, Government of Punjab has imposed ban on burning of crop residuals. Field Assistant of Agriculture Department is monitoring and reporting incident of rice stubble burning to their Divisional Director & Director (M & E) on daily basis.


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