Punjab, which has reported 65,404 cases of stubble burning till Sunday, reported fewer fires compared to the same period last year, when the number stood at 73,541. However, seven districts of the state have already caught more fires this year than last year. Yet, these days 2,500 to 3,500 fires are being reported on a daily basis, while last year, the number of daily fires dropped to less than 500 during this period.
In Punjab, stubble burning will continue for at least a week to 10 days till the sowing of wheat in the state is over. On Sunday, 2,541 fires were reported in the state.
The seven districts that have reported higher number of stubble fires this year as compared to the same period last year are Moga (6,065 as on November 14 as against 5,704 last year during the same period), Ludhiana (5,423 against 4,232) , Jalandhar (2,387 as against 1,781). ), Kapurthala (1,755 against 1,628), Fatehgarh Sahib (1,582 against 1,355), Nawanshahr (331 against 192) and Rupnagar (289 against 208).
Sangur topped with 7,373 fires so far, followed by Moga at 6,065 and Firozpur (5,830).
As far as the area burned is concerned, the state has already set ablaze 6.86 lakh hectares (16.94 lakh acres) of paddy area till November 5 – 23 per cent of the state’s total rice area.
Last year, till November 14, 73,541 stubble fires were registered, while the number of stubble fires in the same period in 2019 was 48,807.
In Pathankot district, just five fires have been reported so far as against 11 last year, the lowest in the state.
Agriculture department officials said the number of fires may touch last year’s figures as several fires are being reported daily.
Due to late harvesting of paddy, stubble management machines are not being used properly in the state, which is still going on. Wheat sowing is going on in full swing in the state as farmers need a proper time window between harvesting paddy and sowing of wheat to manage stubble through machines.