Anand Mahindra, the chairman of the Mahindra Group, proposed a different approach to stubble burning on Tuesday in an effort to reduce the continuous contaminants in the air in Delhi and the neighboring regions. A video on X by Anand Mahindra proposes ‘Regenerative Agriculture’ as a substitute for cutting down stubble.
Mahindra released a video on X (previously Twitter) advocating for the use of “sustainable agriculture” as a replacement for burning stubble, which was causing the national capital’s air quality to worsen.
We need to give agricultural regenerative practices a chance to reduce Delhi’s pollution. It boosts the cultivation of soil while offering a profitable substitute for stubble burning. The Naandi Foundation’s Vikash Abraham is eager to assist. The Mahindra chairwoman shared a two-minute clip on regenerative agriculture on the blogging platform and added, “Let’s perform it!”
The World Economic Forum (WEF) describes it as an agricultural method that prioritizes soil health. More food and nutrition are produced, and biodiversity, or the variety of species present, is increased in good soil. It also stores more carbon.
Additionally, it lessens soil erosion. Increased biodiversity, fewer pests, and more effective use of water are some advantages of this kind of farming.
Its techniques include minimizing land plowing, which maintains carbon dioxide levels in the soil, enhancing its water-absorbing capacity, and preserving the integrity of the earth’s essential fungal populations. Furthermore, employing compost and animal dung helps replenish the soil’s nutrients, and rotating crops increases biodiversity by varying the kinds of crops cultivated.
According to the UN, agriculture is responsible for one-third of the world’s emissions of greenhouse gases, and degraded soil adds to the environment’s vulnerability.
Asia, Latin America, the United States, Canada, Africa, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand are among the places where it is practiced. Regenerative farming is also used by farmers in Tanzania and East Africa to grow economic crops like cardamom alongside maize, beans, and bananas.
The national capital’s air quality index (AQI) slightly improved to the “very poor” category on Wednesday morning before returning to “severe.” The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) reports that Anand Vihar’s AQI was 452, RK Puram’s 433, Punjabi Bagh’s 460, and ITO’s 413.
In the meantime, the state governments of Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, and Rajasthan were ordered by the Supreme Court on Tuesday to ensure that agricultural residue burning was discontinued “forthwith,” citing the court’s inability to allow “people die” as a result of pollution.