Prohibitory orders issued, Meghalaya farmers can no longer burn stubble

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Shillong/Guwahati, January 13: It has been reported that the district administration of the West Khasi Hills has imposed prohibitory orders on Friday across the entire district to prevent the farmers in Meghalaya from burning stubble and grasslands.

Reportedly, Deputy Commissioner Arunkumar Kembhavi states that such restrictions have been imposed considering the continual reports on the unscrupulous burning of the agricultural field and grazing land during the winter that has resulted in causing severe pollution of the air and smog across the state.

It may be noted that farmers burn grasslands during the dry season that enables new grass to sprout in the spring so that their cattle can later graze on the pasture grass.

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However, as reported, the Deputy Commissioner has stated that that the prohibitory orders have been released to protect the environment as well as to ensure health and hygiene of the human and animals inhabiting the district. As reported, such kind of unscrupulous burning, Kembhavi further noted, damages the normal forest while adversely affecting the nutrient budget in the soil.