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SCIENTISTS CAN STOP FARMERS FROM OVERUSING CHEMICAL FERTILIZERS TO PREVENT HEALTH ISSUES: MINISTER SHYAMKUMAR

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IMPHAL, AUGUST 25, 2017 (DIPR): Shri Thounaojam Shyamkumar, Minister Horticulture & Soil Conservation, Forests & Environment, MAHUD and Town Planning today expressed concern over the rampant use of chemical fertilizers in food crops which is causing many deadly diseases like cancer. He urged the scientists of the state to help the government in preventing the farmers from over using fertilisers.

He was speaking as the Chief Guest of the function at the inauguration of the Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hall at the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Utlou, Bishnupur district. As part of the programme the attendees also took pledge ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ to double the income of the farmers by 2022.

Minister Th. Shyamkumar further appealed to the scientists of the State to carry out more field works to teach the farmers about the techniques of farming and usage of chemical fertilisers in appropriate amount according to soil and crop type. He opined that using chemical fertilisers more than the necessary amount is one of the causes for the worsening health conditions of the people in the State.

Shri Th. Chaoba Singh, former Union Minister, former Deputy Chief Minister, Chairman Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Manipur; Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Director Agriculture Technology Application Research Institute (ATARI), Umiam, Barapani, Meghalaya; Dr. R. K. Imotomba Singh, Principal Scientist and Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Bishnupur along with others attended the function. (DIPR)