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Burning fields in Goa

Farmers in the Goa burn the plant material remaining on their fields after harvest to prepare for planting the next crop. Burning is considered by some people to be an essential tool because it removes crop residue, makes seeding easier, helps maintain crop yields, and reduces the use of chemicals by combating plant diseases, harmful insects, and weeds. Burning can also reduce the need for tilling, which makes soil less susceptible to erosion and reduces water quality and windblown dust problems. Despite the benefits, field burning can cause serious environmental and health effects. Burning creates a concentrated plume of smoke that can travel many miles. Although burning is usually conducted for short periods of time, the lingering cloud can affect air quality in.communities both in the immediate area of the burn and those miles away.

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Farmers in the Goa burn the plant material remaining on their fields after harvest to prepare for planting the next crop. Burning is considered by some people to be an essential tool because it removes crop residue, makes seeding easier, helps maintain crop yields, and reduces the use of chemicals by combating plant diseases, harmful insects, and weeds.  Burning can also reduce the need for tilling, which makes soil less susceptible to erosion and reduces water quality and windblown dust problems. Despite the benefits, field burning can cause serious environmental and health effects. Burning creates a concentrated plume of smoke that can travel many miles.  Although burning is usually conducted for short periods of time, the lingering cloud can affect air quality in.communities both in the immediate area of the burn and those miles away.