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Experts at a workshop in Rajshahi on Friday stressed the need for protecting water resources and soil quality to produce more crops aiming to ensure the country’s food security.
They said the government and non-government organisations should work together to protect water resources and environment from pollution reports BSS.
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 Caritas Regional Director 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. Prof Dr 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.
Prof Dr Rahman said the soil productivity is declining in the country dayby 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 percent organic ingredient is required in a normal soil, whereas the content in the area was found less than 1.3 percent and even less than one percent in some soils,” he said. Bashar Mollah stressed creating mass awareness for protecting water resources from pollution and chemical contamination to save human civilisation and biodiversity. Noting that water resources in vast Barind tract need to be conserved, he said climate change is also a threat to natural resources and the humanity as well, urging the policymakers to take effective measures to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.