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Posted at: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM; last updated: Oct 12, 2018, 1:30 AM (IST)

Mobile apps to check stubble fires

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 11

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Thursday launched three mobile apps aimed at checking crop residue-burning and creating awareness about its ill-effects. The CM called for strict monitoring of the situation at all levels while stressing the need to motivate farmers against stubble-burning.

The Android mobile applications have been developed by Punjab Remote Sensing Centre (PRSC). They are i-Khet Machine for facilitating farmers access to the agriculture machinery/equipment for in situ management of crop residue, e-PehaL for monitoring tree plantation and e-Prevent for prompt and accurate information regarding incidents of crop residue-burning.

Additional Chief Secretary (Development) Viswajeet Khanna told the CM that paddy was grown over 65 lakh acres, out of which 20 million tonnes of paddy straw was produced and just 5 million tonnes was being managed while nearly 15 million tonnes of paddy straw was being burnt for easy clearance of field.

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