Stubble burning: Effects of Stubble Burning on air quality

by Tractor Gyan
Published: November 5, 2022 (4 weeks ago)

Stubble burning is a way to clear out the stubble left after the harvest of grains, like paddy, wheat, etc. The Stubble burning method is used to remove paddy crop residues from the field in order to sow wheat the last week of September to November. Every year, Punjab rice farms burn about 7 to 8 million metric tons of plant debris in October and November. 

The burning of farm residue creates a lot of air pollution in north India, which can deteriorate the air quality. The air quality in the national capital and NCR is affected by vehicular emissions as well as other sources. The stubble burning by farmers in Haryana, western Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in north India is considered a major cause of air pollution in Delhi and its adjoining regions.