MOHALI: In Punjab, 150 progressive farmers from across the state were honoured for not setting the crop residue on fire for the last five years, reports PTI.
According to an official release, Punjab Vidhan Sabha Speaker Kultar Singh Sandhwan on Saturday encouraged farmers not to burn stubble so as to keep the environment clean and pollution free.
Speaking on this occasion, Environment Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said it is a matter of happiness that farmers are giving up stubble burning practice.
Due to pollution, not only the lungs are damaged, many other type of health diseases affect the human being, he stated.
Hayer appealed to progressive farmers to spread the message of not burning crop residue in villages.
The minister also expressed happiness that the young generation is now participating in plantation campaigns in a big way. He also spoke about the state government's campaign in which mini forests are being set up at various places in the state.
In the event, experts from the Agriculture Department sensitised the public about the ill effects of stubble burning, its alternative methods, and about the efforts being made by the government to control the same.
During the function, several progressive farmers also shared their experiences with the audience regarding the benefits of not burning crop residue.
They also spoke about an increase in land fertility and less requirement of fertilisers by mixing stubble in soil.