Gurpreet Singh Nibber is an Assistant Editor with the Punjab bureau. He covers politics, agriculture, power sector, environment, Sikh religious affairs and the Punjabi diaspora.
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APEDA, the body which oversees the export of grains, revises the minimum export price to US$850 per tonne
Punjab government vows to reduce paddy stubble burning by 50%, plans to make six districts farm fire-free, and aims to manage 11.5 million tonnes of paddy straw through in-situ measures and 4.67 million tonnes through ex-situ method. The government plans to provide 23,000 more subsidised machines for crop residue management. The state recorded 49,000 farm fires in 2022, down from 71,000 in 2021. The action plan was submitted to the Commission for Air Quality Management.
Shah will preside over the meeting of the NZC which comprises Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh and the Union Territories of Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Chandigarh. Punjab is hosting the 31st NZC
Balers are in high demand this season in view of its profitability and over 6,800 farmers, custom hiring centres (CHCs) and village panchayats applying for the machines on subsidy.
Punjab is seeing a high demand for machines to manage farm residue, the burning of which cause severe air pollution in northern India every autumn, as around 157,000 farmers have applied for 24,569 subsidised machines that will be distributed this week, officials said.
Around 157,000 Punjab farmers have applied for 24,569 subsidized machines for better crop residue management that will be distributed this week
The restrictions have resulted in a fall in wholesale prices of aromatic basmati paddy varieties by up to ₹800 per quintal, while the exporters in the country have not received the orders from the importers in Middle Eastern countries for the upcoming season
They were of the view that the state’s tourism potential needs to be marketed properly for which government can play a vital role by promoting Punjab as a brand
In-situ management involves incorporating the stubble into the soil using machines, while ex-situ management involves lifting the stubble from the fields and supplying it to stubble-based industries.
The Punjab government will provide 30 balers to farmer groups or custom hiring centres (CHCs) at a subsidy of 65%, officials said
As per the MoU signed for support on a pro bono basis, with the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology (PSCST), IGSD, will develop an action plan to assist the state in developing a pilot project in an area of state’s choice, identify business model for attracting private and public capital for the implementation of the strategies and inputs for the state action plan for climate change, short-lived climate pollutants
Punjab Agricultural University, a premier plant research institute that played a key role during the Green Revolution to make the country surplus in foodgrains, has shifted its focus from quantity to quality and from food security to nutritional security
On August 10, the state government notified the dissolution of panchayats and declared elections to gram panchayats, panchayat samitis and zila parishads under the Panchayati Raj Act, triggering an uproar with political parties seeking a rollback of the decision, terming the move as “unconstitutional.”
The suspension orders, issued by chief secretary Anurag Verma, came hours after the Punjab government informed the high court that it is withdrawing its notification dissolving all gram panchayats in the state, a move that is being seen as a major embarrassment for the Bhagwant Mann-led AAP regime
Say they will attend work in their own revenue circles but not take on any “additional” responsibilities; and will move the Punjab and Haryana high court against the state government’s decision to invoke
Punjab needs 5.25 lakh tonnes of DAP during the rabi season and so far the state cooperative has bought only 20,000 tonnes.
The leaders of farm bodies have rejected the amount as “inappropriate”. However, the state’s revenue department said the amount can’t be increased
The water level in Bhakra touched 1,680 feet, its maximum filling capacity, while at Pong, the level reached 1,399 feet against the maximum filing capacity of 1,390 feet forcing BBMB to open floodgates.
An official of the food and civil supplies said that the department has no way to ascertain the quantity of wheat flour required and number of beneficiaries who will opt for delivery at doorsteps
The Punjab government has sounded a red alert in districts downstream of the Pong and Bhakra dams, including Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Hoshiarpur, Kapurthala, Tarn Taran and Ropar, as Beas and Sutlej levels rise due to heavy rain in catchment Himachal Pradesh
Both Bhakra and Pong Dams are brimming after heavy rain in their catchment areas in Himachal Pradesh. Both dams are managed by Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB).
In October and November during paddy harvest season, Punjab produces 22 million tonnes of paddy stubble, out of which 40% (8.8 million tonnes) is used in the boilers, as industrial fuel and mixed in the soil and rest approximately 13.2 million tonnes in set ablaze leading towards a serious health and environmental hazard, as per official state figures
Close to half the paddy cultivation area in Punjab has been sown with a faster-maturing variety that leaves behind less stubble, potentially reducing pollution caused by farm fires in November. Typically, farmers use a variety that takes longer to mature and produces more stubble. Due to floods in July, farmers were forced to re-sow the shorter duration variety. This year, nearly 50% of the paddy area is under the faster-maturing variety. However, rice millers fear less rice yield from the new variety. Farmer unions have called for compensation for the extra effort taken to prevent stubble burning.
In a setback to Punjab, the Centre has turned down its request to give 100% grant for in-situ and ex-situ management of paddy straw
Notifications issued for 39 municipal councils, while the schedule for five corporations namely Amritsar, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana and Phagwara to be announced after the delimitation exercise
As per the protocols set by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) that deals with the operation and maintenance of the Bhakra and Pong dams, a level of 1,650 needs to be maintained by July 31 and 1,670 by August 15
Owing to extremely heavy rainfall three weeks ago, that led to floods, freshly transplanted rabi crop suffered severe damage in the districts of Patiala, Sangrur, Mansa, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib and Ropar, so much so that it had to be resown. Even now some areas in these districts are flooded
As the water level of the Pong dam on Beas rose by over two feet on Monday, the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB) opened the floodgates releasing 13,848 cusecs of water, officials said
Even as the flood scenario in Punjab is easing with water receding in many areas, the authorities are keeping an eye on the rising water levels in three dams over Sutlej, Beas and Ravi
Due to heavy rainfall and flooding in Punjab paddy crop over atleast 6 lakh acres have suffered damages out of which crop over 2 lakh acres have been completely swept away and needs to be resown