Crop Residue Management Initiative
Air pollution is causing irreparable damage to the country’s well-being. On an average, citizens of India have their life expectancy cut
short by 5.3 years due air pollution.
39 million tonnes of paddy straw is burnt every year in North Western states. Crop Residue Burning, an age-old practice, is not only degrading the environment but also putting a dent in farmers’ return. It negatively impacts the soil health, kills beneficial insects, increases irrigation requirements, and significantly adds on to the already prevalent pollution.
To promote sustainable agricultural practice and mitigate the problem of crop residue burning, CII is implementing the Crop Residue Management Initiative in villages of Punjab and Haryana. CII is creating an ecosystem to engage stakeholders including experts, corporates, state governments and farmer groups to find optimal solutions to the issue of stubble burning.