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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

Smokes From Wheat Farms Threatens Persepolis

 

08 July 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Each year farmers in Fars province set fire to the stalks of wheat on their farms at the end of the harvest season--a practice which has posed a threat to the environment and maintenance of historical monuments at Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid), reported Persian Service of CHN.


Farmers in the province believe that burning the wheat stalks, which creates smoke and emits toxic gases into the atmosphere, at the end of the harvest season, will nurture the soil and prepare it for better cultivation in subsequent years.


Director of Persepolis Cultural Heritage Department, Maziar Kazemi is critical of this practice and has called for legal actions to prevent farmers from engaging in this action.


“The smoke and poisonous gas created by setting wheat farms ablaze has definite impact on the maintenance of historical sites. The carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and carbonic gas produced by burning the wheat stalks are also harmful to tourists visiting the cultural site,“ Kazemi said.


He said that Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has already called for legal mechanisms to deal with the hazardous practice of the farmers, but, they are not being enforce by respective departments of the province.


Kazemi said that Persepolis site is surrounded by wheat farms and farmers do not heed ICHTO’s request not to create smoke by burning the stalks every year



 

 

 

 

 

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