In India for quick growth of the crops, the chemical fertilizers are used as publicizes by the manufacturers and the dealers of these. The farmers are mostly go by the advice of the dealers of the chemical fertilizers. These chemical based fertilizers not only harm the individual consumers but also harm the user, the farmer. Continuous use of these chemical fertilizers also damage the balance of the nutrients in the soil
The plastic ban was an essential step to save the rivers, the seashore and the sea. While it is affecting the biodiversity, it also leads to serious impacts such as temperature rise. Unregulated use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture leads to poisonous traces in food grains. This affects the health of consumers.
Farmers’ groups and the Opposition criticized Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam’s proposal to ban chemical fertilizers. The leaders said that the Minister had not done his homework and the move would not be beneficial to the agricultural sector.
Raju Shetty, Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana (SSS) leader and Lok Sabha MP, “The idea of banning chemical fertilizers at this stage is ridiculous. It will not only lead to a decrease in farm production but also increase the prices of produces. Common citizens will not be able to buy the goods.”
Mr. Kadam, while addressing a function organized by Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) , said, “The plastic ban was an essential step to save the rivers, the seashore and the sea. While it is affecting the biodiversity, it also leads to serious impacts such as temperature rise. Unregulated use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture leads to poisonous traces in food grains. This affects the health of consumers. My department is seriously considering banning chemical fertilizers.”
Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly, said, “This Government seem to be running on the whims of Ministers and not on the study of a particular subject. The plastic ban was pushed in a similar manner without doing any homework which has led to lakhs of people losing their jobs in the industry.”
Mr. Vikhe-Patil said organic farming would be the better option, but considering the volume of fertilizers required in agriculture, it is impossible to fulfill the demand. He said, “Does he want to make agriculture in Maharashtra collapse? We hope that sense finally prevails and the Minister does not rush to make such an announcement.”
Krishi Jagran/New Delhi