Don’t blame farmers for pollution set up Rice BioParks: M S Swaminathan to government

Delhi Pollution Air Quality

New Delhi, Nov 5: Upset with the governments and the manner in which they are blaming farmers for the pollution and imposing fine on them,Professor M S Swaminathan, the father of Green Revolution, said the Central, Punjab and Haryana government should work with farmers to set up Rice BioParks to can convert stubble into income and employment.

He objected to blaming farmers for the smog and high levels of pollution in New Delhi and said rather find “methods which are economically and ecologically desirable.”

” I suggest that the Delhi, Haryana and UP govts put up Rice BioParks where farmers can convert stubble into income and employment. We should stop blaming farmers since it will take us nowhere. Instead we should propose methods which are economically & ecologically desirable ,” he said in a series of tweets.

He said Northern States of India must take a cue from the farmers in the South where farmers don’t resort to burn their stubble but in turn covert it to use as animal feed.

In a series of Tweets on Monday, he said the country needed to adopt a “do-ecology approach with farmers to convert rice stubble into income rather than making them agents of eco-disaster.”

“The air pollution in Delhi has become a matter of public health concern nationally and internationally. Farmers are being blamed by many including the Chief Minister of Delhi for burning stubble and thereby causing atmospheric pollution,” he said.
The MS Swaminathan Research Foundation had recently set up a Rice BioPark at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.

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