‘Ni­tro­gen pol­lu­tion wreak­ing havoc on farm­land in state’

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HT PUNJAB & HARYANA -

AM­RIT­SAR:Ex­perts at the day-long sem­i­nar on ‘The Scourge of Ni­tro­gen Pol­lu­tion in In­dia’, on Thurs­day, delved deep into the cri­sis of grow­ing ni­tro­gen pol­lu­tion, which is play­ing havoc with the farm­ing lands in the coun­try and how Pun­jab is the worst hit state.

The sem­i­nar was or­gan­ised by the Cen­tre for Science and En­vi­ron­ment (CSE) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Khalsa Col­lege here and ‘Down to Earth’ mag­a­zine. The key fo­cus of the de­lib­er­a­tions was to draw at­ten­tion to the grow­ing prob­lem of ni­tro­gen pol­lu­tion in the coun­try.

The ram­pant use of ni­trate fer­tilis­ers in agri­cul­ture to get higher yields has led to the men­ace, which is grow­ing dan­ger­ously, said ex­perts.

They stated that this is re­sult­ing into se­vere con­tam­i­na­tion of wa­ter and soil, lead­ing to health prob­lems for both hu­mans and an­i­mals.

There were two panel dis­cus­sions one on the mag­a­zine’s cover story on ni­tro­gen pol­lu­tion, and the other on the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties faced by the me­dia, es­pe­cially the re­gional and ver­nac­u­lar me­dia, in cov­er­ing en­vi­ron­ment as a sub­ject.

Souparno Ban­er­jee, pro­gramme di­rec­tor, CSE, Down to Earth and ed­i­tor Richard Ma­ha­p­a­tra spoke in de­tail about the ris­ing cri­sis and the mind­less use of ni­tro­gen.

Dil­bir foun­da­tion chief and the Khalsa Col­lege Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil fi­nance sec­re­tary Gun­bir Singh and farm sec­re­tary Ra­jbir Singh said Pun­jab has paid a heavy price for the food se­cu­rity of the coun­try.

``We have poi­soned our soil and over­ex­ploited the un­der­ground wa­ter ,which is turn­ing the fer­tile land into bar­ren patches. This is all for se­cur­ing food se­cu­rity of the coun­try. But, when soil is pol­luted, the farm­ing is in cri­sis, the coun­try does not seem to be stand­ing with our farm­ers and they are be­ing left to fend for them­selves,”, rued Gun­bir Singh. HTC

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