Experts at a workshop held in Rajshahi on Friday stressed the need for protecting water resources and soil quality to produce more crops to ensure the country’s food security.
They said that government and non-government organisations should work together to protect water resources and the environment from pollution.
The regional office of Caritas Bangladesh organised the daylong workshop titled, ‘Effective and Meaningful Research
on Protecting Water Resources and Soil Health’ at its conference hall in Rajshahi.
Chaired by the regional director of Caritas Sucles Jeorge Kosta, the workshop was addressed, among others, by country director of Caritas Switzerland Amrita Rojario, senior manager Agastin Baori, project manager Iftekhar Hossain and regional coordinator Zillur Rahman.
Professor Mizanur Rahman, a teacher of the Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences at Rajshahi University, and Bashar Mollah, research and advocacy officer of Caritas, presented separate keynote papers at the workshop.
Professor Mizanur said that the soil productivity was declining in the country day by day due to indiscriminate use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides in agriculture.
The use of organic fertiliser could help protect soil health, he said.
‘At least 2.5 per cent organic ingredient is required in normal soil whereas the content in the area was found to be less than 1.3 per cent
and less than one per cent in the soil in some areas,’ he said.
Bashar Mollah stressed on creating mass awareness for protecting water resources from pollution and chemical contamination to save human civilisation and biodiversity.
Noting that water resources in the vast Barind tract needed to be conserved, he said that climate change was also a threat to natural
resources and the humanity, urging the policymakers to take effective measures to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.
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