Every year 5.7 million acres amounting to 23 million tonnes of paddy stubble is burnt annually by the farmers in the states of Punjab & Haryana.Paddy crop leaves behind straw as a residue on the field which makes it difficult for farmers to clear the field & start preparation for the next crop season. As farmers have limited time to dispose of the straw & be ready for the next cropping season they resort to stubble burning. Most farmers believe its a quick, easy and efficient way to manage the crop residue. However, most of them are unaware of other low cost alternatives & don’t fully comprehend the repercussions of stubble burning.
Stubble burning kills the microbes & nutrients present in the soil impacting soil health in the long term.
Owing to stubble burning farmers end up using inputs in large quantity to maximize their yields further impacting the balance of organic carbon nitrogen etc leading to poor yields in the long term
Stubble burning leads to the emission of poisonous gases like carbon monoxide, sulphur oxide and particulate matter leading to a smog, skin irritation, lung irritation and breathing problems.
We started our Crop Residue Management (#Endtheburn) program with an objective to educate the farmers about the alternate methods to manage their stubble, drive awareness about the implications of stubble burning on the soil health, human health and environment. Last but not least we started our Crop Residue Management program to drive a change that would lead to healthier farms, breathable air & a sustainable planet.
In 2022, we have decided to go bigger & one step further. Under our Crop Residue Management program, we will be covering 75,000 farmers & 750,000 acres across 22 districts of Punjab & Haryana, Furthermore, we have made some tweaks, changes, and improvements to our bio-solution.
Though we are still using specially manufactured PUSA bio-decomposer mixture for spraying, we have enhanced its efficacy to decompose the stubble by 40%. Instead of 25 days that the biosolution took last year to decompose straw, we will be achieving the same in less than 15 days.
Digital & Offline Activations to drive farmer registration
Farmer Signups for our program on nurture.farm mobile app.
Farmer books the bio-decomposer spray service
Our Operators reach the farmer location
Geotag the farm
Post spraying of bio-decomposer solution farmers receives a package of practice
Farmers Adhere to PoP & share digital records of the onground developments on the field
Our Agronomy & on-ground team works with farmers for the next 2 weeks.
Decomposition takes place in 15 days ensuring the farmers are ready for the next cropping season
We monitor for the burn using Satellite Imaging
We incentivize farmers via income generated through carbon credits
SOIL HEALTH IMPROVEMENT
VISIBLE YIELD IMPROVEMENT
CARBON CREDITS GENERATED PER ACRE
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