A People’s Movement on Zero Stubble Burning
These trainers, farmer groups and village level volunteers play a critical role in spreading positive messaging and proactively engaging with farmers. The CII initiative has created a pool of local influencers, as the panchayat members, school students, progressive farmers and local administration advocate for zero stubble burning, participate in awareness drives, and encourage & support farmers in adopting alternate technology. As farmers begin to see the positive aspects of not burning crop residues, more and more advocates join in igniting a community driven action on zero stubble burning approach.
With support of CII, every village has a volunteer group which is ensuring that in-situ farm machineries are being distributed and rented on nominal costs among farmers, a majority with small and marginal land holdings. Potential ex-situ straw management models are also being piloted and research is conducted with an aim to develop a road map for straw value chain. Of the 10,000 acres of land harvested until today, more than 90% is stubble burning free.
While the journey of achieving similar targets in 1,00,000 acres of farmland is long, the collaborative and community driven approach is charting progress. It is CII’s endeavour to facilitate industry participation in solving the issue of crop residue burning. Many leading companies, such as BPCL, Birlasoft, ONGC, Royal Enfield, CLP India, PTC India, Cummins, ReNew Power and industry body, Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) have contributed in this initiative through CSR and employee engagement. Students, youth and corporate volunteers are joining CII in this movement by participating in village rallies, nukkad nataks, door to door interaction with farmers and providing all possible support to enable zero stubble burning. Field volunteer groups like GBDSGNS Foundation, Raikot and Doctors for You have joined hands with CII in helping farmers adopt sustainable farming practices.
As more individuals, organizations, institutions join the initiative, there is a hope that the people’s agenda (Karwaan) will lead to Cleaner Air for all.
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