Stop blaming farmers for pollution in Delhi; need to establish rice bioparks: Swaminathan

New Delhi, November 4 () Eminent agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan said on Monday that blaming farmers for air pollution in the national capital will not lead anywhere, rather Delhi and neighboring state governments should establish biological parks of Rice to help farmers switch to cleaner methods to get rid of stubble.

In southern India, the stubble does not burn, as there is an economic value as animal feed, he said sharing that he had been pointing out many economic uses of rice straw for years.

His comments come when Delhi-NCR has been wrapped in a thick smog layer since Diwali on October 27.

We should stop blaming the farmers, since it won't take us anywhere. Instead, we should propose methods that are economically and ecologically desirable, Swaminathan said in a series of tweets.

In stating that air pollution in Delhi has become a public health problem nationally and internationally, he said that many blame many farmers, including the Prime Minister of Delhi, for burning the stubble and, therefore, causing atmospheric pollution.

To address the problem of burning stubble, the renowned scientist, who is credited with bringing the green revolution in India, suggested that the governments of Delhi, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh should create 'rice bioparks' where farmers can Turn the stubble into income and employment.

We should adopt an ecology approach with farmers to convert rice stubble into income instead of turning them into agents of an ecological disaster, he said. Recently, the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation established a rice biopark in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. It was funded by the Indian government. The rice biopark shows how stubble can be used to make products that include paper, cardboard and animal feed, he added. LUX MKJ

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