Punjab on fire – in pictures

12 December, 2012 by (comments)

India’s rice-wheat system feeds a lot of people – and I mean a lot. But the widespread burning of crop residues after the rice harvest is causing all manner of problems, from the release of huge quantities of greenhouse gases and toxins to declining soil fertility. The system desperately needs to become more sustainable. We covered the story hereRead More …

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Filed Under: Asia @en, CIAT in the media, Climate Change, Climate Change website

In case you missed it (Part 3) – CIAT article featured on Reuters Alertnet

17 January, 2012 by (comments)

Great news that the humanitarian news arm of the Reuters news agency re-published a CIAT blog article over the holiday period – about the burning of rice residues in Punjab, India. Tackling India’s burning desire appeared on their Climate Conversations pages. For the original article on the CIAT blog, click here. For the accompanying picture set, click here.

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Filed Under: Crops @en

Fields on Fire – tackling Punjab’s burning desire

22 November, 2011 by (comments)

At around 4pm, black wisps of burnt rice straw snow down on Sangrur. Late October and early November in Punjab, India, is the time when hundreds of thousands of rice farmers, having harvested their crop, rush to clear the land and prepare for the wheat season. This means lots of fires. Over a period of about a fortnight, moreRead More …

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Filed Under: Crops @en