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Burning stubble banned in West Khasi Hills

 SHILLONG, Jan 12 - West Khasi Hills district administration has imposed prohibitory orders in the district to prevent farmers from burning stubble and grasslands, officials said today.

Acting on reports about unscrupulous burning of stubble and grasslands in the district during the dry winter season, Deputy Commissioner Arunkumar Kembhavi said, the prohibitory order was issued in order to protect the environment and to protect the health and hygiene of humans and animals alike.

He said, “Reports have been received that farmers are burning the agricultural fields and grazing land in winter times... causing severe pollution of the air and smog as was witnessed in the national capital.”

He said, it also destroys the normal forests besides affecting soil organic matter, macro and micro-nutrients, physical properties of soil like texture, colour, pH, bulk density rendering the soil useless in the long run. – PTI

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