India, Aug. 13 -- There has been about 50% reduction in the agricultural area where crop residue burning takes place every October in Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi since 2017, according to satellite data collated by Indian Council of Agricultural Research.

In a press conference on Tuesday, ICAR director general, Trilochan Mohapatra said there has also been a reduction of about 15% in the number of crop residue burning.

This is mainly a result of more and more farmers opting for mechanized technology to dispose crop residue like the happy seeder that cuts paddy straw, sows wheat into the soil and pours the straw over the sown area which acts as mulch.

In 2018, the Centre had launched a scheme of about Rs 1150 crore to subsidi...