Bengaluru: In a move by the Uttar Pradesh government that is praiseworthy, mushrooms produced by self-help women's groups using stubble and agricultural waste are now being incorporated in the midday meal scheme, as noted by a popular website. 

In this regard, the district administration in Deoria has signed an MoU with Mahalaxmi Producer company and the Basic Education Department under the National Rural Livelihood Mission, the website adds further. 

The website quoted district magistrate Amit Kishore thus: "The children will get nutritious food and the SHG women will get financial independence. Also, the SHG women will help in providing meals to school children."

The district magistrate has also appealed to farmers to not burn residue and use it for growing mushrooms.

In the first phase, 100 schools of Desahi block have been selected, in the next phase schools of eight blocks have been proposed. The remaining schools will be covered in the third phase.

Basic Education Officer, Santosh Kumar Rai, said it is a pilot project and mushrooms will be a part of Friday midday menu in the selected schools. The menu will be applied in the entire district on the basis of feedback.

Mahalaxmi Producer will give technical training to women and also provide them seeds.

Earlier, Unnao’s district administration had come up with a useful plan to make use of stubble. It has begun procuring stubble from farmers and in return, is giving them cow dung.

The procured stubble will be used as fodder. As regards the proportion, every two trolleys of stubble will get one trolley of cow dung.

The initiative is called ‘Parali Do, Khaad Lo’.

Many technical institutions are coming forward to help farmers convert stubble in fertilisers.

Stubble burning causes harm to environment:

As farmers resort to burning stubble, it is the environment that gets polluted. From soil to air, everything gets unusable.

Reports add that Punjab is the chief state contributing to pollution. They add that Punjab has seen a 240% increase in stubble burning, emphatically proving that Amarinder Singh’s government has miserably failed in tackling the issue.