Stubble Burning in India ,why isnt it banned?

MX7

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cotswolds
I see that one of the main causes of air pollution in Delhi ,is stubble burning the remains of the rice harvest. Simple question why hasn't stubble burning been banned if it is causing so much pollution. Surely with modern day technology their is NO need for stubble burning. I see on the internet that their are direct drills that do away with the stubble burning, but obviously at a cost.
Perhaps there is a TFF member in India that can explain why stubble burning should not be banned.
 

Dry Rot

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Even been in a London smog? It took them long enough to ban coal fires and we are meant to be more advanced than the Indians! Give them time.

My Indian friends tell me anything is legal in India if you have money!
 

MX7

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Location
cotswolds
Lots of peasant farmers out there
With the greatest respect, that is a broad statement you make ,which does not explain anything unless you elaborate on your statement.

I assume you are implying that peasant farmers are not very well educated and so are not aware of systems that may not need stubble to be burnt, to allow the following crop to be planted. The trouble would be that the cost of the Direct Direct Drill they would require would be beyond their wildest dreams. Perhaps I am missing something somewhere:scratchhead:
 

nick...

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south norfolk
Maybe it’s only us brits that do as we are told and the rest of the world do as they want.the Indian situation is totally unacceptable in my opinion
Nick...
 

MX7

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Location
cotswolds
Serious question, “are extinction rebellion very strong in India”, as they should be telling India government that stubble burning on a huge scale cannot to tolerated, especially as there are farming techniques that do not need stubble to be burnt.
At least that is the impression I got when I Googled “stubble burning in India”.
Many other countries grow rice on a huge scale, so do they all burn rice stubble/ residue????
 

Exfarmer

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Bury St Edmunds
Serious question, “are extinction rebellion very strong in India”, as they should be telling India government that stubble burning on a huge scale cannot to tolerated, especially as there are farming techniques that do not need stubble to be burnt.
At least that is the impression I got when I Googled “stubble burning in India”.
Many other countries grow rice on a huge scale, so do they all burn rice stubble/ residue????
The stubble burning causing issues in Delhi is grossly overstated. They glean every bit of staw they can then burn the actual stubble. It is wheat by the way in that part of India. I actually saw little stubble which had been burnt as after harvest cattle sheep,and goats graze whatever they can find
Just as here politicians love to blame the farmers, who dont vote in the city, rather than the millions of solid fuel cookers and the millions of 2 stroke tuk tuks, motorbikes cares tractors and lorries all of which are of dubious vintage, and puffing out clouds of black smoke. The cities roads are so clogged solid with traffic, it is usually far quicker to walk anywhere
 
With the greatest respect, that is a broad statement you make ,which does not explain anything unless you elaborate on your statement.

I assume you are implying that peasant farmers are not very well educated and so are not aware of systems that may not need stubble to be burnt, to allow the following crop to be planted. The trouble would be that the cost of the Direct Direct Drill they would require would be beyond their wildest dreams. Perhaps I am missing something somewhere:scratchhead:
Well we're talking about a country where a lot of people are still making dung cakes for their fuel...so they're pretty poor.

Obviously no not all Indian farmers are poor or badly educated but an awful lot will be extremely resource poor and traditional. They do make no till drills in India but the Punjab is the best agricultural region.
 

capfits

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Delhi essentially sits in river basin and the predominant weather pattern at this time of year is essentially a big non mobile blocking high pressure.
The air is filthy in all the cities due to the reasons mentioned by others, but also industry like brick making in the middle of the country side.
If you were every to fly in India say Amritsar to Delhi then there are fires everywhere, stubble, rubbish brickmaking and all the smoke is held under an inversion.
And if fvyou think their is significant mechanisation in Indian agriculture you are kidding yourself.
 

farmerm

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Location
Shropshire
I think there is a ban but it is ignored by farmers who see no alternative to dispose of rice husks and find it is still cheaper to burn and pay the fines than to find alternative measures of disposal. Burning probably also gives benefits with regard to weed and disease control...
 

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Brisel

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Dorset
Ah, but you have a Waste Transfer Note which clears your conscience. Much of our silage wrap went as a backload to China for burning in their power stations until they developed an environmental conscience too. Recycling?
 

Exfarmer

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Location
Bury St Edmunds
In Delhi, before the last election, the prime minister Narendra Modi handed out very large numbers of propane powered gas stoves together with a 13 kg bottle of gas to hundreds of thousands of poor families in Delhi.
the purpose of this was to persaude them to stop burning cow dung and other solid fuels for their cooking.
the trouble was that as soon as the gas ran out , they could not afford to change the bottle, so have gone back tp their old practices
 

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