Engineer and COO of a digital platform for sustainable agricultural solutions Dhruv Sawhney has recommended to Indian farmers a new organic microbial spray developed by the Indian Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR) in Delhi to minimize air pollution caused by stubble burning. Called the Pusa Decomposer, it has seven different kinds of fungus that are naturally predominant in soil, says ICAR director Ashok Kumar Singh. Several lab tests revealed that these fungal species are highly effective at decomposing stubble for energy and nutrients. This microbial spray would completely and swiftly destroy the stubble that remained in the fields after paddy harvesting. The old stubble would then mix into the soil after three weeks and act as compost for the following planting season.

India has 21 of the world’s 30 cities with the worst levels of air pollution, according to the data revealed in the 2021 World Air Quality Report. New Delhi has the greatest level of dangerous air pollution in the country, with the worst year-round average for PM2.5 pollution of any capital city on the planet. Every year, nearly 4.2 million people die as a result of outdoor air pollution around the world.