It’s no secret that air pollution has become a big concern in North India especially Delhi-NCR.
Of late, burning of crop residues by farmers in Punjab and Haryana has emerged as one of the major contributor to air pollution in North India.
A thick layers of smog are now common during winters and exposure to this is causing severe health issues particularly to children.
With problem reaching to an alarming level, the government as well as corporates and NGOs are coming forward to find solutions and discourage farmers from stubble burning.
Recently, EY Foundation India announced grant to India ParyavaranSahayak (IPS) Foundation for creating awareness programme for farmers and promote in-field straw management practices.
Using this grant, IPS Foundation will reach out to farmers of over 300 villages in five districts of Punjab where burning of crop residues is rampant.
As high as 34 million tonnes of CO2 is emitted due to burning of 23 million tonnes of rice residues every year, as per the estimates of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences.
“At EY, protecting the environment is an important pillar of our commitment to Corporate Responsibility. Pollution caused due to crop residue burning across India has been a cause for concern for several years and needs immediate attention,” EY Foundation India National Director Sridhar Iyer said.
Farmers of these villages would be educated about the benefits of using straw management system as well as Happy Seeders that enable them to go for sowing of the next crop without clearing the standing stubble
IPS Foundation CEO Ritesh Bhatia said the support of EY Foundation India would help it in creating awareness among framers and also train them for adopting alternate straw management solutions.
Bhatia stressed that alternative solution must be convenient and cost effective for becoming successful.
EY Foundation India is a not-for-profit organization, engaged in community-oriented initiatives. EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.