DC Ludhiana bans combines harvesting paddy sans straw management system
Harvesting of paddy using combines from 7 pm to 10 am prohibited
Ludhiana: In order to effectively curb stubble burning menace, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Ludhiana Varinder Kumar Sharma exercising powers vested under section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) ordered a ban on Paddy Harvesting Combines equipped without functional Super Straw Management System (SMS).
As per the information, SMS is machinery attached with the combine harvester machine, which cuts the standing paddy straw into small pieces and spread it uniformly in the field after which the farmers are not required to burn paddy straw before sowing the wheat crop.
The Deputy Commissioner has also prohibited the harvesting of paddy using combines from 7 pm to 10 am. He stated that it had come to his notice that farmers usually harvest the paddy crop in the night time when the moisture content was high from the Punjab Government’s admissible specification.
Deputy Commissioner once again appealed farmers to refrain from burning paddy stubble citing that it might aggravate the COVID-19 situation. He said that besides causing damage to the environment, livestock, trees etc, the smoke emitting from farm fires could create serious problems for COVID-19 patients as they can face trouble in breathing.
Meanwhile, the orders would remain in force from October 1 to November 30, 2020.