Fertilizers kill soil fertility: Nammazhvar

The excessive use of chemical fertilizers has turned out to be a slow poison, making the soil infertile, said Ko Nammazhvar, an organic farming expert, at an event here recently.

He was addressing the Youth Motivation Campaign to mark the 66th year of Indian Independence organised by Anna University and Yuva Shakthi, an organisation working towards youth development.

Speaking on food and agriculture issues, Nammazhvar said though the government had earlier assured early passage of the Food Security Bill, it did not guarantee if it would provide food for all. “Today, around 55 percent of India’s population is rural agriculturists. They are the ones, who should createfood for overall population,” he said.

Before 1960, it was agriculture and after that it turned as agri-business, which brought many foreign companies to India, in the name of increasing food production.

But, those efforts have turned futile and has resulted in a decrease in food production, he added.

Quoting Sundarlal Bahuguna’s popular phrase ‘Ecology is permanent economy’, Nammazhvar said, “A recent scientific study that had appeared in a renowned science journal said that Indian turmeric had lot of medical signficiance, as it could even cure chronic diseases such as cancer and other non-communicable diseases. Organic farming makes sure that every product it cultivates has full amount of nutrients which will benefit the end user to a large extent.”

Besides many things, agriculture is the only way through which you can turn waste into complete nutrients. “Many public organisations and corporations are persistently trying to have total solid waste management to find a solution to dispose the wastes. But till now those organisations haven’t found  one solution to reduce or control the waste.” Nammazhvar said.

(Source: http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/Fertilizers-kill-soil-fertility-Nammazhvar/2013/08/20/article1742293.ece)

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