Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Farmer-with-Organic-Seeds-in-India-27MZIFJXPGBZ2.htmlConceptually similarFarm Land after Stubble Burning in IndiaGP0STRGK8Completed★★★★★★Organic Fertilizer in BiharGP0471ECompleted★★★★Organic Cotton Farmer in IndiaGP027HNCompleted★★★★Organic Farmer Chakati RajeswarGP020FKCompleted★★★★Organic Farmer Chakati RajeswarGP020H3Completed★★★★Harvest of organic cotton, Madhya Pradesh, IndiaGP08SCCompleted★★★★Organic Cotton Farmer in IndiaGP020GFCompleted★★★★Farmer in IndiaGP02AF3Completed★★★★Stubble Burning Causes Air Pollution in IndiaGP0STRGK9Completed★★★★★★View AllGP0STRGKBFarmer with Organic Seeds in IndiaAn organic farmer shows a handful of his seeds. He doesn't need to practice the crop burning method to prepare his fields, a major cause of air pollution in North India, because of his balanced cropping patterns.Locations:Asia-India-Punjab, IndiaDate:18 Oct, 2017Credit:© Saagnik Paul / GreenpeaceMaximum size:4928px X 3264pxKeywords:Agriculture-Climate (campaign title)-Day-Ecological farming-Farmers-Food for Life (campaign title)-Hands-KWCI (GPI)-SeedsShoot:Stubble Burning in Punjab and Haryana, IndiaEvery year, around October, the farmers in Punjab and Haryana burn the stubble in their farms after the summer crops are harvested to prepare the land for the winter crops. This causes a massive surge in air pollution in the entire North Indian belt with peak levels of pollution in Delhi crossing 1000 μg/m3 during that period. While this is a serious health hazard for the citizens across these north indian states, crop burning is also a compulsion for the farmers to survive. With the advent of combine harvesters in Punjab/Haryana over the last decade or so, the stubble left behind on the fields are too big to be ploughed back into the soil. Given the short amount of time that they have between the harvesting of Paddy and sowing of wheat, the farmers are left with no other option but to burn the stubble to clear the land for the winter crops. Given the steep costs for all other alternatives, they are left with no other option but to burn the stubble on their fields, despite it being criminalized in the two states.