Northern farmers can make money from stubble, says Swaminathan

Northern farmers can make money from stubble, says Swaminathan

S Murari

Internationally renowned agricultural scientist M S Swaminathan has said that instead northern States blaming the farmers of Punjab and Haryana for burning stubble and thereby increasing pollution level in Delhi, these farmers should be taught how to turn the farm waste into income.

In a series of tweets, he has said:”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 that in south India, stubble is not burnt as there is economic value as animal feed. For years “I pointed out many economic uses of rice straw.”

In this connection, he said that recently, the M S Swaminathan Research Foundation established a rice biopark at Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, funded by the Ministry of External Affairs and inaugurated the President of India.

“The rice biopark shows how stubble can be utilized to make products including paper, cardboard and animal feed,'' he said.