Deputy commissioner (DC) Rajat Agarwal has restricted wheat harvesting to between 7am and 7pm. The order will be applicable till June 28. Aggarwal said the harvesting of wheat was usually carried out round the clock. However, most farmers were unaware that during night wheat was wet and should not be harvested as per experts.
GS Bhuttar, head of the agronomy department of Punjab Agricultural University, said, “Harvesting wet wheat will lead to grains not getting separated properly from the straw. Therefore, it is better to avoid harvesting during night.”
Sukhpreet Singh, an agricultural research scholar from PAU, said, “Most farmers are not aware about various agricultural practices they follow.
While they highlight various drawbacks they face from the practices they follow, they often fail to find the reason for the losses they have to bear. I appreciate the order of the DC. It will put an end to the low productivity of wheat.”
Agarwal said burning of wheat fields post harvesting led to high air pollution, affected soil fertility and above all led to fire incidents as well. “The visibility on the roads also reduces massively, which can lead to many accidents,” he added.
Dr Sandeep Puri, professor and head of medicine department and vice-principal of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, said, “The burning of wheat fields poses many health problems especially those related to skin and respiratory system.
We have come across many such cases in the last few days. However, if this practice is curbed, it will help control such cases.”