Farmers urged to desist from bushfires after harvesting

Farmers urged to desist from bushfires after harvesting

27 October 2016

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Gambia —  President of National Livestock Owners Association of The Gambia (NLOA) has warned against setting the bush on fire after the harvesting.

“As we get to the dry season, there is a need for people to be conscious of the numerous outbreaks of fire within community forests,” Ebrima O. Jallow said.

“The dry season is when animals suffer a lot because after harvesting some farmers usually set the bush on fire forgetting that animals depend on the bush for survival.

“We need to consider the welfare of animals by protecting the bush from any form of exploitation.”

He said the association is planning to go to specific areas in Lower River Region and Central River Region to discuss with the communities the dangers of bushfire.

Commenting on cattle rusting, he said thanks to the intervention of the Gambia police force, it is now dropping.

Winters have started approaching the northern region of India that also includes Delhi-NCR along with Punjab and Haryana. Due to this, minimums have also started dropping in many parts of North India including Delhi and NCR. In fact, as per the temperatures recorded on October 15 and October 17, the minimums ofDelhi and NCR went down to 17°C.

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As per experts, an increase in the pollution level normally occurs during the winter months. However, there are a few reasons that could enhance the pollution level in Delhi and the adjoining areas. The very first reason that can be attributed to an increase in pollution level in the national capital is crop fires in the neighboring state ofHaryana andPunjab.

These two states lie in northwest proximity of Delhi and normal pattern of winds during this season is northwesterly. These winds drag the smoke and fine particles of the burnt crop and mix them with Delhi’s atmosphere. Moreover, the temperatures also start dipping, therefore, the air near the earth’s surface tends to condense leading to formation of haze.

Whenever the winds are light or calm, these air pollutants get mixed with the haze or mist and forms a blanket of smoke haze which remains suspended for few hours in the mornings. Thereafter, the haze disappears as the sun rises and temperatures increases during the day.


But as the winter progresses in the month of December and January, the duration of haze, mist or fog gets extended and these pollutants remain suspended in the atmosphere for longer duration of time. Other factors including the smoke emitting from vehicles and factories and dust from construction sites also add to the rising pollution levels.

Sometimes this situation can continue for day’s altogether. However, relief is expected only when a strong Western Disturbance gives rain over the region. It is then that these pollutants settle down for a few days.

Another criterion which reduces the pollution levels is the strong and moderate dry winds from northwest or west which carry away these pollution particles. In a nutshell, it can be said that in October, intensity and duration of pollution remain less though increases in November as winters sets in.

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