Gurpreet, 25, said he was aware of the ongoing debate about paddy straw burning and its ill effects. Now he is planning to collect sugarcane residue so that he can earn better income.
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that straw about Delhi-NCRThere was a lot of conflict in Punjab and Haryana, the governments here kept getting involved and even blaming each other, due to which a farmer in Punjab earned Rs 16 lakh in a month and many other farmers also earned. The advantage is that stubble burning is rarely seen in this young farmer’s area. October and November every year Delhi is the national capital inside air pollution Straw burning in Punjab and Haryana has been considered a major factor behind the alarming rise in CO levels.
We are talking about the farmer who passed twelfth and this young man earned so much money from straw that he became an example for other farmers. A large number of farmers have started contacting this young man. For Gurpreet Singh Kuthala, who dropped out after 12th, the straw economy is simple. To them the infamous Parali means money. He earns more by cultivating his family’s 40 acres of land at Kuthala village in Malerkotla.
He earned Tk 16 lakh by selling hay
According to the Indian Express website, Gurpreet said, “I earned Rs 16 lakh in a month by selling paddy straw.” To ensure that other farmers in Punjab understand its importance, he says, “Most people working in the private sector don’t even get an annual package of Rs 8 lakh.”
The 25-year-old youth farmer said he had signed an agreement with a Sangrur-based biofuel generation company to supply 10,000 quintals of paddy straw. “However, I managed to collect 12,000 quintals of straw from about 750 acres of land,” he said. He said that after collecting straw from his field, he arranged for straw from the people of neighboring Badranwa, Khurd and Chima villages. Farmers in other villages were very happy with hay because they did not have to work hard to prepare the fields for the next crop.
Red entries will be included if hay is burnt
Meanwhile, stubble burning in Malerkotla has reduced drastically. The district showed its intention ahead of the paddy-harvesting season, when 154 of its 176 panchayats passed a resolution against stubble burning in mid-October. The district administration had earlier announced that if any farmer is seen burning straw, he will go to red entry. Red entry simply means that the farmer cannot take advantage of any government facility and cannot lease panchayat land for cultivation.
Gurpreet Singh said he was aware of the ongoing debate about paddy straw burning and its side effects. He did a lot of work on agricultural residue management and then bought two rakes and two balers at subsidized rates under the Crop Residue Management Scheme.
Gurpreet is preparing to buy more machines next year
Gurpreet said, “I earned Rs. 16 lakh. Even after removing transport, labor costs and fuel costs for running balers and rakes, the net profit would have been over Rs 8 lakh. I had two rakes and a baler, so that was all I could do.”
The young farmer is now planning to buy more machines before the next harvest season so that he can harvest more hay in less time next time. “We have to plow the fields on time to prepare the land for wheat sowing, otherwise soil moisture decreases and farmers lose about 15 crucial days,” he said.
He says a firm in Sangrur agreed to pay him Rs 160 per quintal for hay and an additional Rs 10 per quintal as transport costs. Gurpreet said, “I collect hay from the fields, bundle it and take it to Sangrur. In just 2-3 days I prepared the field for wheat crop. Whenever I start collecting hay from my fields, many farmers come to me.” He is now planning to collect sugarcane residue as well. Sugarcane is harvested in late November or first week of December and farmers also burn the stubble.
Malerkotla Deputy Commissioner Sayam Aggarwal praised Gurpreet and said, “His initiative has helped many farmers and prevented stubble burning to a large extent. Also, many farmers have realized that hay is worth a lot and they can earn from it.