The Confederation of Indian Industry partnered with Indian Oil Corporation to launch project 'Vayu Amrit', a crop residue management initiative, in Punjab's Sangrur on Wednesday. Crop residue burning should be avoided at all costs as it adversely impacts the environment, Sangrur's Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Jorwal said.
He said farmers now have access to processes and machinery to avoid burning of crop residue. "We should make Sangrur a model district for zero crop residue burning," said Jorwal while speaking at the launch of the CII and Indian Oil Corporation-supported crop residue management initiative, project Vayu Amrit, in village Nagri in Sangrur.
The event was attended by senior officials from the government and IOC and over 300 farmers, a CII release said. The farmers at the event shared their experiences and issues and welcomed the effort to help them find viable alternatives to stubble burning.
Varjeet Walia, Additional DC (Development), Sangrur, said that the crop residue management initiative is "an excellent endeavour" to improve the quality of air in the region. He spoke to farmers in Malerkotla, who said that the crop residue management initiative is beneficial. He urged all farmers to participate and avoid crop residue burning. He spoke to farmers in Malerkotla, who said that the crop residue management initiative is beneficial.