JAMMU, MAR 21: “We The Human”, a registered public trust, launched its website in a function organized at Amar Singh Club here today.
The website was launched by R S Jasrotia, Session Judge in J&K High Court Jammu, who was chief guest on the occasion. Large number of people from farming community and other sections of society were also present on the occasion.
Apart from founder members of the Trust, Prem Singh, Ajay Sawhney, a senior Chartered Accountant; K K Sharma, former Director Floriculture; Prof Harun Naik, Senior Faculty Member SKUAST Srinagar; Pooja Gupta, Director Sarveshawar Exports & Nimbark Organic Foods; Mohammad Afzal Beig, leading social activist and Kulbushan Sharma, Farmers’ leader spoke on the occasion.
The speakers expressed their concern over the excessive use of toxic chemical fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides by the farmers.
Speaking on the occasion, Prem Singh said the excessive use of the chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides is not good for soil and also contaminate ground water which effect the human health badly. “Our Trust is working with a mission to generate awareness and also taking up activities for restoration of degraded human values and damages caused to our environment because of unsustainable growth and development as well as due to side effects of “Green Revolution” during last three-four decades,” he said, adding, “Perhaps, many among us are not aware about Abohar-Jodhpur passenger train which is named by locals as Cancer Train, running between Bathinda and Bikaner. Patients undergo almost free of cost treatment at the Acharya Tulsi Regional Cancer Treatment and Research Centre (RCC) Bikaner. In Punjab’s Malwa region areas including Bathinda, Faridkot, Moga, Muktsar, Ferozepur, Sangrur and Mansa, farmers and their families including infants are grappling with cancer and other serious health problems, he said, adding same situation is going to happen in this state as well, if government does not intervene as a number of varieties of vegetables are being produced in agricultural farms near river banks after spraying chemicals six to fifteen times.
Professor Harun Naik said that it is high time to go for reversal in agricultural patterns from the Agricultural Package of the Green Revolution back to the traditional system of Indian Agricultural Farming.
Lauding the role of Sarveshawar group of companies in organic agricultural produce procurement and marketing, Prof Naik emphasized for need of other major groups to enter into organic produce procurement & marketing so as to promote the organic farming culture among farmers’ community. He also expressed concern over use of heavy sprays of pesticides, insecticides and fungicides on apple in Kashmir valley, which he hoped will be reduced to a negligible with introduction of high density plants of apple which have been introduced by the government to raise per hectare yield of Kashmir apple.
Former Director Floriculture K K Sharma expressed his concern over proposed acquisition of agricultural land for construction of ring roads in J&K and also appealed authorities to ask the NHAI, R&B or other executing agencies of road projects to take utmost precaution in disposal of building construction or hill cutting wastes including boulders and avoid throwing such material down the hills which not only pollute the otherwise green environment but also become cause of lungs and other breathing related diseases among the local villagers.