Bihar CM worried over stubble burning

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday expressed concern over reports of stubble burning in some districts and called for urgent steps to check the practice. At a meeting held in the Chief Minister’s Secretariat, where the agriculture scenario of the state was reviewed, he also highlighted the need for herding stray cattle to “gaushalas” since cow dung and urine were required for organic farming.

“There have been reports that farmers in Patna and Nalanda districts have taken up the practice of burning crop stubble. This must be stopped at all costs and the farmers should be made aware that this leads to atmospheric pollution,” Kumar said. Similar practice by the farmers of Punjab and Haryana has had deleterious effects on the air quality in Delhi, Kumar said.