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2 Ambala villages to sell straw to private firm

Nitish Sharma

Press Reporter News Service

Ambala, July 26

To curb stubble-burning within the district, the Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Division has launched a pilot undertaking in Ugara and Bara villages. The plan is to promote paddy straw generated from the 2 villages to a non-public agency. The mapping of agricultural land and farmers has began.

Deputy Director (Agriculture) Girish Nagpal stated, “The Naraingarh sugar mill buys paddy straw from an organization for producing energy. If farmers begin promoting paddy straw, they will earn additional revenue and assist save atmosphere and soil. The division and the corporate have signed an settlement, as per which the agency will use balers to handle the straw and use it to generate energy on the sugar mill.”

As per a survey report, about 4.1 lakh tonnes of paddy straw is generated in Ambala district in a 12 months. The mill provides Rs 1,800 per tonne for stacked paddy straw and Rs 1,200 per tonne for free straw. If 4.1 lakh tonnes of stacked paddy straw is bought to the corporate, Ambala farmers can earn near Rs 73.80 crore in a 12 months.

Nagpal stated, “As farmers are reluctant to spend on baler machines and transportation, the personal firm has agreed to bear the associated fee. It’s estimated that the corporate and villagers can earn as much as Rs 1,000 per acre.”

Bara village sarpanch Vikas Beghal stated, “The village has round 800 acres and round 50 per cent of land mapping has been accomplished. To clear the fields of straw is a tricky activity. If farmers burn the straw, instances are registered towards them. Below the pilot undertaking, the corporate won’t solely purchase straw from farmers.”

Jaswinder Singh, a consultant of the Ugara village sarpanch, stated: “Resulting from Covid, the mapping work has been delayed. Quickly, we’ll full the work. The village has 500 acres. Will probably be a great alternative for farmers to earn some additional revenue.”

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