Farmers, however, complain there is no help in sight, and 17 of them have already been fined in Panipat.
"There have been no awareness camps there. There are no MLAs coming, and the labour to cut this residue is too expensive," said Jasminder, a farm labourer. "They charge Rs 2,000 per kilogram. We have no option but to burn it."
According to the agriculture department's deputy director Virendra Arya, awareness camps are planned for the next 20 days. "We are telling farmers and students about how stubble burning harms the environment and their health," Mr Arya said in Panipat. "Now of course it takes time for any such measures to cause an effect."
Farmers, however, remain defiant.
"It's easy to give lectures from stages, but come here and see how we're struggling," said Sahil, a farmer. "We have to stand up for our rights, I'm not afraid. Come back in a week, I'll burn my crop residue right here."