Ban on burning stubble in India : Global Warming - Naresh Kadyan

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					     The Prime Minister of India and all Chief Ministers of states.

     Burning stubble in India creates problems for environment, animals, flora and fauna,
     human beings as well, we all are responsible for spoiling nature and disturbing
     Eco-balance due to our own illegal acts. There are few points to be viewed and necessary
     directions may kindly be issued for strict compliance :
     National Security Act shall be imposed on the offenders, Combine machine be seized and
     inter District movement of this machine be banned, speed limit be allowed below 10 kms
     per hour at the time of registration as well. At present local administration issued
     instructions as per provisions 144 CrPc but not serious to arrest the accused as per
     section 188 IPC, instead of burning the stalks left after harvest, farmers should use them
     for compost and livestock feed.
                                  Ban on Combine Harvester Free Movement Inter State in India
      - Naresh Kadyan

        Name               From                      Comments
1.      Kadyan Naresh      Delhi - India, India      Haryana’s countryside is burning and nobody seems to
                                                     care. Scarred fields speak volumes about the lax
                                                     implementation of laws and indifferent farmers who
                                                     continue with the banned practice of burning paddy stubble
                                                     crop after crop.
                                                     That the ban has gone up in smoke is evident from the
                                                     “blackened” fields spread over vast stretches as one
                                                     travels into the interiors. where the problem only gets more
                                                     A visit by the People for Animals (SPCA) Haryana / OIPA
                                                     in India team to different parts of Ambala and Kurukshetra
                                                     districts revealed that unmindful of the damage to air and
                                                     soil, farmers in different villages continue to burn paddy
                                                     residue to “save time”.
                                                     Besides causing air and soil pollution, fields on fire result in
                                                     thick clouds of smoke, resulting in nuisance for motorists
                                                     and even in smog as evening sets in.Burning stubble is
                                                     banned under Section 144, CrPC, Inquiries revealed that
                                                     these directives are taken by farmers as “routine orders
                                                     every year”.
                                                     This probably explains why no action has ever been taken
                                                     against an errant farmer by the administration.
                                                     “On our part, well before harvesting, we wrote to every DC
                                                     to ensure that farmers don’t burn paddy stubble and that
                                                     the ban is implemented,” the Director, Agriculture, Anil
                                                     Malik, said.
                                                     Officials said the farmers remained uninformed about the
                                                     ill-effects of the burning of the crop residue. Those in the
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      Name               From                        Comments
1.    Kadyan Naresh      Delhi - India, India        (continued from previous page)
                                                     know of things set their fields on fire in the morning or late
                                                     evening to avoid detection. “Further, we have been busy
                                                     with the assembly elections and have not carried out any
                                                     checks in the past few weeks,” explained an official.
                                                     Despite the damage to the upper soil, considered the fertile
                                                     layer comprising micro-nutrients, and the wasting of rich
                                                     organic stubble, farmers have their own logic for their
                                                     They claim that they “light up” their fields every year since
                                                     it saves precious time before the sowing of the next crop,
                                                     taking only a few hours to get rid of the stubborn stubble.
                                                     A farmer in Pehowa maintained that though the farmers of
                                                     his area were aware of the ill-affects of burning the stubble,
                                                     lack of action and the indifference of officials towards
                                                     erring farmers came as encouragement for the rest. “When
                                                     one farmer burns his field and gets away, the others
                                                     follows suit. If the administration can get cracking and haul
                                                     up even one farmer, the message will go out to the entire
                                                     For now, it seems unlikely that the ban will yield any results
                                                     on the ground and the ban on burning paddy stubble will
                                                     remain confined to the files.
                                                     Burning stubble here in India must be controlled to save
                                                     this planet, offenders be booked under National Security
                                                     Act / NSA.
2.    Anthony            Ventura, CA
3.    Sandeep Kumar      Ludhiana, India
4.    Ruth Rogers        Fort Collins, CO            Please stop this practice since the normal harvesters can
                                                     be used, and it will help the land and the farmers in the
                                                     long run. If this is correct, then please stop the unneccsary
                                                     burn of the stubble.
5.    Pam Boland         Grovetown, GA
6.    eli bennett        Seattle, WA
7.    Anthony Palmieri   Fort Collins, CO
8.    Kamal Anand        Sangrur, India
9.    Sunaina Surve      Mumbai, India
10.   catherine gaspard bruxelles, Belgium
11.   OIPA INDIA         Delhi, India                Burning stubble in India creates problems for environment,
                                                     animals, flora and fauna, human beings as well, we all are
                                                     responsible for spoiling nature and disturbing Eco-balance
                                                     due to our own illegal acts. There are few points to be
                                                     viewed and necessary directions may kindly be issued for
                                                     strict compliance :
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                                        Page 2   -    Signatures 1 - 11
      Name             From                        Comments
11.   OIPA INDIA       Delhi, India                (continued from previous page)
                                                   National Security Act shall be imposed on the offenders,
                                                   Combine machine be seized and inter District movement of
                                                   this machine be banned, speed limit be allowed below
                                                   below 10 kms per hour at the time of registration as well.
                                                   At present local administration issued instructions as per
                                                   provisions 144 CrPc but not serious to arrest the accused
                                                   as per section 188 IPC.
12.   Sukanya Kadyan   Delhi, India                Despite a ban by District Magistrate Bhagwant Singh on
                                                   the burning of wheat crop stubble, the practice still
                                                   continues unabated in the rural belt of the district, including
                                                   Attari, Ajnala and Majitha, by the farmers unaware of its
                                                   harms to environment and health of the general public.
                                                   A visit to the border villages reveals that the farmers are
                                                   not following the ban orders as the method is cheap and
                                                   quick to dispose of the stubble.
                                                   Sometimes, the fire lit by farmers reaches outside the
                                                   fields, causing damage to trees and destroying the flora
                                                   and fauna.
                                                   The farmers were least concerned about the degradation
                                                   of environment. Due to massive air pollution, birds and
                                                   animals also perish in such fires. The fertility of land also
                                                   decreases due to heat generated by the fire that
                                                   penetrates into the soil up to 1 cm and thus elevating
                                                   temperatures, says an official of the agriculture
                                                   department, preferring anonymity.
                                                   Last year, a major mishap was averted when the stubble
                                                   fire entered the Amritsar International Airport complex due
                                                   to which various flights were diverted or delayed.
                                                   The seriousness of the district administration regarding the
                                                   implementation of the ban orders was quite clear from the
                                                   fact that as more than a week had passed, not a single
                                                   case has been registered so far in this regard, while
                                                   farmers continue to burn the crop waste.
                                                   When contacted, Bhagwant Singh said as he and the staff
                                                   of the district were busy with the election process, they
                                                   could not check the menace.
                                                   The official of the Agriculture Department said instead of
                                                   issuing the ban orders, a law should be enacted to curb the
                                                   practice effectively just on the lines of the Ground Water
                                                   Preservation Act for paddy plantation in order to raise the
                                                   level of groundwater. He said as purchasing or hiring the
                                                   Rotovater to dispose of the stubble by converting it into
                                                   small pieces and mixing with earth which required funds,
                                                   besides labour, the farmers were preferring to burn the
                                                   stubble by making use of a single matchstick.
                                                   Harbhajan Singh, a farmer of Attari, pointed out that the
                                                   stubble cut into pieces comes up on the surface while
                                                   ploughing the fields and paddy plantation.
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                                      Page 3   -   Signatures 11 - 12
      Name              From                        Comments
12.   Sukanya Kadyan    Delhi, India                (continued from previous page)
                                                    Delhi Public School, situated on the GT Road at
                                                    Mannawala here, has complained to the Divisional Forest
                                                    Officer (DFO)that a number of trees planted on the school
                                                    premises were badly damaged due to burning of stubble in
                                                    the fields adjoining the school.
                                                    Sangeeta Singh, Principal of the school, in the complaint
                                                    alleged that the burning of stubble in the adjoining fields on
                                                    the western side of the school scorched the plants and
                                                    tress badly. She said when they asked the owner of the
                                                    land that why had he set stubble in the fields on fire, he
                                                    denied having done so and said that some unknown
                                                    persons had committed the act.
                                                    The burning of crop stubble has been banned under
                                                    Section 144 of the CrPC by the district administration.
                                                    However, not a single case has been registered even as
                                                    the practice continues unabated. The Principal urged the
                                                    Divisional Forest Officer to take action against the
                                                    defaulters after a thorough inquiry into the matter and
                                                    suitable compensation be awarded to the school for the
                                                    loss of trees/plants as a result of illegal burning of wheat
                                                    stubble in the fields.
13.   CAPE India        LUDHIANA, India             This petition must be updated and subjected to whole
14.   Abhishek Kadyan   Delhi, India                Burning of Agricultural Wastes
                                                    Harvest burning creates widespread problems
                                                    particularly related with air pollution. The straw
                                                    and stubble in the farm is mostly disposed by
                                                    burning so as to prepare for next crops. However,
                                                    for the public it is an unmitigated nuisance. The
                                                    problems related with harvest burn are as
                                                    • Smoke and general nuisance.
                                                    • Damage to property.
                                                    • Threat to wild life.
                                                    • Effects on human hygiene :
                                                    i) Smoke causes suffocation and thus breathing
                                                    problems and irritation to eyes.
                                                    ii) Suspended particulate matter like fly ash
                                                    causes public nuisance and injury to eyes.
                                                    Despite these problems, straw and stubble
                                                    burning are wide spread in India and is one of
                                                    the burning hurdles. Therefore, it calls for
                                                    immediate attention of the Government and
                                                    pollution control boards to take appropriate
                                                    action to control and minimize the problem.
                                                    Strategies for Control
                                                    • Harvest survey should be carried out.
                                                    • Making by-laws for straw burning is
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                                       Page 4   -   Signatures 12 - 14
      Name                 From                        Comments
14.   Abhishek Kadyan      Delhi, India                (continued from previous page)
                                                       • The method of ploughing is straw should be
                                                       • Development and exploitation of alternative
                                                       uses like straw as animal feed straw in
                                                       paper making, chemicals from straw etc. to
                                                       be encouraged.
15.   Asli Gedik           A, Germany
16.   Filomena Lomba       Melksham-wiltshire,
      Viana                United Kingdom
17.   Khadi Federation     Delhi - India, India
18.   Sara Gaspar          Lisboa, Portugal
19.   Hans Lak             Eindhoven,
20.   Liz Duane            Tripoli, Libyan Arab
21.   Bill C               Kempten, Germany
22.   Ben van der Werff Voorburg,
23.   nicolette ludolphi   Bremen, Germany
24.   daniel soulas        bordeaux, France
25.   David N Moore        Bridgeport, CT
26.   sophia dalle         nyc, NY
27.   Judy Penna           Holiday, FL
28.   Kadyan Khap          Jhajjar, India
29.   MARIA        Athens, Greece
30.   Christopher          Lake Ronkonkoma,
      Recupero             NY
31.   Al Eastman           Chicago, IL
32.   Jakub Gola           Zory, Poland
33.   Celia M Torres       Ypacarai, Paraguay
34.   Katie/Wendy         Indianapolis, IN
35.   Rafael Pinho         ., Portugal
36.   Kenneth Clayton      Guatemala,
      Webb                 Guatemala
37.   Linda Dunne          Strabane, Ireland
38.   Natalie Van          Hoevenen, Belgium
                                          Page 5   -   Signatures 14 - 38
      Name                From                        Comments
39.   Mervi Rantala       Tampere, Finland
40.   mohamd              Babol, Iran, Islamic
      pourdadash          Republic Of
41.   carole hagen        Warrenton, OR
42.   Dinda Evans         San Diego, CA
43.   Timothy Beitel      Pitman, NJ
44.   Kellie Smith        Deering, NH
45.   giancarlo panagia   Indianapolis, IN
46.   Sara sang           Las Vegas, NV
47.   Madan Pal           .., India
48.   Marissa             Cape Coral, FL
49.   Darlene Davis       Garden City, MI
50.   Kristen Lamb        Patchogue, NY
51.   Denise Lytle        Fords, NJ
53.   Joycey Berry        Canton, NC
54.   Debasis             Kolkata, India              Everybody wants to save the Earth; nobody wants to help
      Chakrabarti                                     Mom with the dishes.- PJ O’Rourke
55.   forest venkat       Madras, India
56.   DENA HARRIS         Woodstock, GA
57.   Carol Carter        Pellston, MI                Let', as a world community, work together to stop global
                                                      warming. Please stop these practices that contribute to
                                                      global warming and save our planet. It's a simple request.
58.   Becky Visco         Wimberley, TX
59.   Carol White         Amherst, MA
60.   Venkatesan          Chennai, India
61.   Angie Whiteman      Jersey, United
62.   Micki Sievers       Virginia Beach, VA
63.   astecrix Colombi, Argentina
64.   Dalia Hettfield     South Gate, CA
65.   Black Tiger         Vancouver, Canada           After seeing the smoke pollution over the Canadian Prairie
      Petersen                                        Provinces I can understand the need to ban this practice.
66.   Alejandra Vega      Buenos Aires,
67.   dgyps Jack          Silverton, OR
68.   Lisa Grundmann      Melbourne, Australia
69.   Katie Miller        G W Univ, DC

                                         Page 6   -   Signatures 39 - 69
      Name              From                       Comments
70.   Ms.R. Sverio      Topanga, CA
71.   Jeffrey Allen     Toronto, Canada
72.   JoAnne Perdue     Oakland Park, FL
73.   C. Cassidy        Aurora, CO
74.   Eleni Michaels    Campbelltown,
75.   Rosie             Newhaven, United
      Phillips-Leaver   Kingdom
76.   Maria Oniga       Medias, Romania
77.   Arild Warud       Ericeira, Portugal
78.   Ingrid Peeters    Torremolinos, Spain
79.   Maggie Amaya      San Benito, TX
80.   Michael Salmon    Christchurch, New
81.   K. Finsterbusch   Chemnitz, Germany
82.   Elainna Crowell   Victoria, Canada           I urge you to control your country's contribution to pollution
                                                   & global warming by stopping the use of combine
                                                   harvesters and return to the use of
                                                   ordinary harvesters. Stubble should not be burnt!
83.   Kate S            Orlando, FL
84.   chris beal        Louth, United
85.   Evangelia         Athens, Greece
86.   Aliso Smith       Las Vegas, NV
87.   C Million         Homestead, FL
88.   Marion Geromin    Ehekirchen, Germany
89.   Fran Cannon       Red Bluff, CA
90.   Elena Makhova     Kiev, Ukraine              Please, do not contribute to global warming!
91.   Laura Tatti       Oristano, Italy
92.   Alessandro        Oristano, Italy
93.   gerold fahrer     Calw, Germany
94.   Cristina Seica    Anadia, Portugal
95.   Apolonia Pi       Gdansk, Poland
96.   michele santos    Comerio, Puerto Rico
97.   Jocelyn           Kangaroo Flat.             I agree, band burning this, they should use it. Don't waste
      Koopmann          Victoria, Australia        things when they can be put to good use.
98.   Jim Treacy        Greenbushes,

                                      Page 7   -   Signatures 70 - 98
       Name              From                      Comments
99.    ALPHA WI          Freeland, Germany
100.   Raja Gopal        Mysore, India             The farmers have to be educated on this properly. But will
                                                   our Bureaucracy and political set up allow this? I doubt.
101.   Anne Thompson     Lancashire. England,
                         United Kingdom
102.   Pamylle Greinke   Peconic, NY
103.   Margaret Sweeny   Paisley, United
104.   Biljana Nikolic   Belgrade, Serbia And
105.   Ralph Xx          Freeland, Germany
106.   Sheryl Goodwin    Old Orchard Beach,
107.   Naoko Idesawa     Tama, Tokyo, Japan        And please peducate farmers, promote altermative method
                                                   that is easy and affordable.
108.   NICK DAVIS        Toronto, Canada
109.   Christiane Henker Bad Laer, Germany
110.   Tristan Taber     Ames, IA
111.   Karen Simmons     Gowanstown,               Have these people not heard of no-till? It is better for the
                         Canada                    soil and better for the environment. Enforcement is not
                                                   enough. There needs to be an education program put in
                                                   place to inform croppers of more modern and sustainable
112.   Kat Yazzie        El Dorado, KS
113.   SL VSL            Sofia, Bulgaria
114.   Julie Zserdin     Decaturville, TN
115.   julie jamieson    London, United            For more impact, add a personal comment here
116.   marilyn sass      La Mesa, CA
117.   Marion Young      California City, CA
118.   Jennie Crespo     San Juan, PR
119.   Kelli Stowe       Orange Cove, CA
120.   Mia Huolman       Vaasa, Finland
121.   Ricardo Chappe    Buenos Aires,
122.   Red N.            Plymouth, United
123.   Marena Chen       Kuala Lumpur,

                                    Page 8     -   Signatures 99 - 123
       Name                From                    Comments
124.   ivona Parkaceva     Skopje, Macedonia,
                           The Former Yugoslav
                           Republic Of
125.   Margaret Hartley    Seattle, WA
126.   SunKat H.           Columbus, OH
127.   Kari Dyrdahl        Mounds View, MN
128.   Karen Walker        Modesto, CA
129.   Janine              Brooklyn, NY
130.   Rita Kerkhofs       Antwerp, Belgium
131.   Lilith Graves       Jacksonville, FL
132.   Tierney Grinavic    Huntingtown, MD
133.   Carolyn Tonahill    Baton Rouge, LA
134.   Denise Tankha       Calcutta, India
135.   Elvira Summers      Nanaimo, Canada
136.   Angela Yearian      Murphysboro, IL
137.   Gudrun Dennis       Gainesville, FL
138.   Alexandra           Dunvegan, Canada
139.   Kenneth             Sandnes, Norway
140.   Biggi Huss          Bitburg, Germany
141.   marjolein bruinen   Riga, Latvia
142.   Kelly Cleveland     Denver, CO
143.   Eleanor Boyd        Wishaw, United
144.   Roxann              New Orleans, LA
145.   Rhonda Maness       Horton, AL
146.   Barb Knight         Candler, NC             The farmers need to consider all the forest animals and all
                                                   the land they are destroying. Stronger mandates need to
                                                   be enforced!
148.   Gail Costic         Bushkill, PA
149.   B. Buchanan         Toronto, Canada
150.   maria benz          Ulm, Germany
151.   ANDRZEJ             Melksham, United
       KOPEC               Kingdom
152.   Nathalie Girardin   Satigny / Geneva,

                                      Page 9   -   Signatures 124 - 152
       Name               From                       Comments
153.   Hilda Perrett      Wetherby, United
154.   Tawnya Shields     Hernando, MS
155.   Jen Dowdy          Paducah, KY
156.   Nelly Pinasco      Lima, Peru
157.   RoseAnn Stapff     Miami, FL                  Stop this destruction - you are killing all those poor
                                                     creatures which you don't have enough.Stop this stupidity
                                                     and fire all those idiots who have no knowledge of
                                                     protection of the soil.
158.   Eureka Morrison    Noordhoek, South           It is insane to burn stubble. Give it back to the land! Give it
                          Africa                     to the animals to eat! In a country where poverty is
                                                     endemic such waste is criminal!
159.   charles mclachlan None, United
160.   Monika             Bisley, United
       Dreher-Hunt        Kingdom
161.   Brian Guadagno     Bayonne, NJ
162.   Barbara West       Boulder City, NV
163.   liz casey          Pembroke, Canada
164.   Gemma              Penguin, Australia
165.   Wendy Yukihiro     Kent, WA
166.   Gorilly Girl       Oklahoma City, OK
167.   Lucy Chetcuti      Sydney, Australia
168.   Ginger Geronimo    Birmingham, AL
169.   Susan Dumas        Abingdon, United           Action should be taken against farmers who burn stubble--
                          Kingdom                    what is the point of laws if they are not enforced? Also,
                                                     maybe there is a market for the stubble-- animal fodder?
                                                     animal bedding? maybe the farmers could just plough it
                                                     back into the soil as a green manure? If there is no use at
                                                     all for the stubble, then at least there should be large fines
                                                     which will make farmers re-consider the cost of alternative
                                                     means of disposal.
170.   Anne Kirkwood      Braden River, FL
171.   Vanditta Diwakar   Suva, Fiji
172.   Nyack Clancy       Manhattan, NY
173.   Lady Flo           Sweden, Sweden
174.   Mike Kowalchuk     Ganges, Canada
175.   Panda Eats         Plymouth, United           Please offer farmers incentives NOT to burn stubble ..and
       Bankers            Kingdom                    take harsh measures against those who continue to burn
                                                     stubble..even after incentives have been brought in..a bit
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                                       Page 10   -   Signatures 153 - 175
       Name                From                       Comments
175.   Panda Eats          Plymouth, United           (continued from previous page)
       Bankers             Kingdom                    of carrot and a bit of stick can work wonders in changing
176.   Laura Horning       Westlake, OH
177.   Lyhann              Mexico, Mexico
178.   Edith Suarez        Mexico, Mexico
179.   Sheila Gredzinski   Atglen, PA
180.   Debbie Logue        Climax, GA
181.   Dr. RC Sihag        Hisar, India
182.   David tsosie        Phoenix, AZ
183.   Deepak Joshi        New Delhi, India
184.   Alexandra           Peiraias, Greece
185.   Pam Hayes           Maroochydore,              Think ahead a little further than tomorrow.
186.   Irma Paulme         Q.c., Philippines
187.   Elitsa Borisova     Pernik, Bulgaria
188.   Julie van Niekerk   Grasland Ten Acres,        Dear India, this is disappointing to see you harm your
                           South Africa               environment. Ghandi was this wonderful and wise man.
                                                      What will he say if he could see this damage you do.
189.   Lilith Diamond      Bertinoro, Italy
190.   Christina Lander    Woodbridge, CT
191.   Marta Barahona      Madrid, Spain
192.   Leslie Blanchard    San Marcos, TX
193.   Charlie Hogue       Cedar Rapids, IA
194.   Tannu Yadav         General Electric, CA
195.   Sylvain Parreaux    Paris, France
196.   Lynne               Boca Raton, FL
197.   Winefred            Amsterdam,
       Marcellin           Netherlands
198.   Carole Wesley       England, United
199.   Anne Padilla        Santa Fe, NM
200.   Christina Truog     Ostermundigen,
201.   Cynthia Davis       Pulaski, VA

                                      Page 11     -   Signatures 175 - 201
       Name                From                      Comments
202.   Darling Diaz        Monteria, Colombia
203.   mary foley          Cork, Ireland
204.   Sally Tinkham       Gilford, NH
205.   KRISTEN             Citrus Springs, FL        THIS MUST STOP NOW...
206.   Philippe Ducreux    Loyettes, France
207.   Mary Hockett        Decatur, AL
208.   Lisa Koehl          Brooklyn, CT              Please offer farmers incentives NOT to burn stubble ..and
                                                     take harsh measures against those who continue to burn
                                                     stubble..even after incentives have been brought in..a bit
                                                     of carrot and a bit of stick can work wonders in changing
209.   Sinikka D.          Jarvenpaa, Finland
210.   WarriorForPeace     Cache, OK
211.   Debby Stephan       Grand Blanc, MI
212.   Valerie             Winnipeg, Canada
213.   Hazel Seymour       Saskatoon, Canada
214.   Jennifer Gardner    Melbourne, FL
215.   Charlene McCann Elmira, NY
216.   Phyllis Pleasants   Richmond, VA
217.   Jason Bowman        Sacramento, CA
218.   Mick Gill           Mackay, Australia
219.   Laura Elena Doltu Bucharest, Romania
220.   Carl Rosenstock     Baraboo, WI
221.   Shoshana Simon      San Bernardino, CA
222.   carlo lopez         Velletri, Italy
223.   Songbird            Wake Forest, NC           I agree with Naresh 100%
224.   Audra Raulinaitis   Romeoville, IL
225.   Ma Anton            Rome, NY
226.   Jae Matos           Austin, TX
227.   Pauline Fuit        Waikiki, Australia        India needs to be educated in many ways.
228.   Maddie Burke        El Segundo, CA
229.   Josephia Tania      Surabaya, Indonesia
230.   Alice Diane         East Amwell, NJ
231.   Saagar shetty       mumbai, India

                                       Page 12   -   Signatures 202 - 231
       Name               From                      Comments
232.   Susan Hall -       Dugald, Canada
233.   anne romanow       Chicago, IL
234.   Jennifer Kilgore   Pine Bluff, AR
235.   Elisa Minakis      Toronto, Canada
236.   B. Mioduski        Oakmont, PA               Plant trees for life.......................
237.   Linda Bescript     Tucson, AZ                It's time we start rethinking our damaging actions.
238.   Sharief Baker      Mysore, India             I agree with you Naresh.
239.   Charming King      Bangalore, India
240.   Ruth S.            Kiel, Germany
241.   Marc Rubin         Hamilton Square, NJ
244.   Birdie Beep        Dallas, TX
245.   Melissa Conrad     South Jordan, UT
246.   Sandra             Fort Collins, CO
247.   Eli Is Here        Kittanning, PA
248.   Lisa Shaw          Calgary, Canada
249.   Sandy Gilbert      Cupertino, CA
250.   Ana Maria          Guaratinguet�, Brazil
251.   Ruth Bescript      Tucson, AZ                There was no forethought put into this.
252.   Anja MM            Aachen, Germany
253.   Maya Kasabov       Fort Collins, CO
254.   Molly Mnld         Sa, Antarctica
255.   Erin Reese         Houston, TX
256.   Samantha Trosky    Berwyn, IL
257.   Candy LeBlanc      Sacramento, CA
258.   Keri Singleton     Ironwood, MI
259.   Brad Miller        Anthony, KS
260.   JennyLynn          Tempe, AZ                 We must protect and preserve what we have left while we
       Werner                                       still can. Our children and grandchildren will know what
                                                    we were willing to do, and not willing to do, for them.
261.   Teri Johnson       Cookeville, TN
262.   Jaime              Philadelphia, PA
       Cammarata, RD
263.   philippe dawance   Seraing, Belgium
264.   MARTI RUSSICK      Wyandotte, MI
265.   Amit Jadhav        Nottingham, United

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       Name                From                      Comments
266.   Judith Akins        Lavonia, GA
267.   Nadera Abdul        Kampong Ubi,
       Aziz                Singapore
268.   diana arikane       Co Cork, Ireland
269.   david bequeaith     Davenport, IA
270.   Terrie Williams     Vidor, TX
271.   Barbara Campbell Vidor, TX
272.   Jonathan            Lyndeborough, NH
273.   Cherida Hivale      New Delhi, India
274.   Carina Eriksson     Billesholm, Sweden
275.   Robert Redmon       Dayton, OH
276.   gail dair           Perth, Australia
277.   Kathy Chadwell      Lafayette, IN
278.   Carrie Vogan        Lexington, TN
279.   Laura Rodrigues     Matosinhos, Portugal
280.   Olivia Holak        Luce, France
281.   Ralf Arno Wess      Frankfurt Am Main,
282.   Lallu Prashad       Rohtak, India
283.   Christofer          La Chapelle En
       Jauneau             Serval, France
284.   Paritosh Pandey     Bangalore, India
285.   Barbara Tatti       Orbassano, Italy
286.   Richard Hollister   Tucson, AZ
287.   Mrs M.              Clifton Park, NY
288.   Rolf Stuber         Männedorf,

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Description: Incidents of burning of paddy and wheat stubble continue unabated in India even though the district authorities have imposed a ban on it. Blackened fields can be witnessed on both sides of the national highways, thick smoke can be found emanating from the flames on the fields here and there. District Magistrates had recently promulgated prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, banning burning of all kinds of stubble on the fields. The orders said farmers violating the ban orders would be prosecuted under the law. Although ban orders are issued every time when paddy or wheat crop is harvested, these hardly prove any deterrent for the farmers, who burn their stubble with impunity. We burn stubble on the field as it is convenient for us. If we cut the residue of wheat or paddy crops after their harvesting by combines, the labour cost will be so high that it will prove prohibitive. Also it will take us much longer to prepare the fields for the next crop, said a farmer requesting anonymity, who has burnt stubble on his fields despite the ban. The practice of burning crop residue on fields has increased ever since harvesting combines have taken place of normal harvesters. Earlier, crops harvested manually were fed into harvesters and hence no stubble was left on the fields. Cutting the residue manually is too costly, while there are still few reapers in the area. Burning of stubble not only causes a great amount of suffocation and air pollution for the residents of nearby places, it also affects the productivity of the soil adversely. Stubble burning kills the much needed micro nutrients and friendly pests in the soil thereby affecting the soil quality adversely, said an agriculture expert. The reason why farmers burn their stubble despite a ban is that no action has ever been taken against any farmer for violation of these orders. instead of burning the stalks left after harvest, farmers should use them for compost and livestock feed.