49,000 cases of stubble burning recorded in Punjab
by The Canadian Parvasi
This Sunday alone, 368 cases of stubble burning were reported across Punjab, bringing up the tally to 49,283 so far, media reports suggest.
Experts estimate farm fires in Punjab to end around November 30 this year. The number of fires is also expected to go up to 55,000.
While still a large number, farm fires this year were significantly lower than in previous years.
During the same time period last year, there were 70,711 recorded farm fires while in 2020, the number was 75,986.
While the total area impacted by stubble burning cannot be ascertained until the fires stop, 2022 saw 31.13 lakh hectares of land being used for paddy cultivation. After harvest, around 19.76 million tonnes of paddy straw is estimated to be generated from it.
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