Thursday, 2 December, 2021

Comprehensive efforts to check water pollution stressed

RAJSHAHI: Comprehensive efforts of all the government and non-government entities, educational and research institutions concerned has become indispensable to halt the land-based water pollution to protect the habitable environment from all sorts of hazardous condition, reports BSS.

Academics and researchers made the observation while taking part in discussions of a workshop titled “Finding of Action Research and Integrate Academic Course on Land-based Water Pollution” here today.

Rajshahi Regional Office of Caritas Bangladesh in association with its ‘South Asia Environmental Capacity Building – Agriculture and Water Pollution project’ organized the workshop at Gallery room of the Department of Agronomy and Agriculture Extension in Rajshahi University (RU).

In the workshop, Prof Mizanoor Rahman from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies in RU and National Coordinator (SAFBIN) of Caritas Rajshahi Region Zillur Rahman presented their respective findings of a two-year research conducted on land and water pollution in ten villages of Huzuripara Union in Paba Upazila of the district.

They told the meeting that excessive and indiscriminate uses of toxic agro-chemicals generate different kinds of risks and trouble in both land and water.

The issue of land and water pollution is being adjudged as a serious threat to the public health in the present context of exorbitant use of chemical fertilizer and pesticides in farms. The problem, however, can be mitigated to a greater extent through creating public awareness.

Chairman of the department Prof Fahmida Chowdhury and her colleagues Prof Giush Uddin Ahmed, Prof Shahidul Alam, Prof Mustafizur Rahman and Prof Rabiul Alam and Caritas Manager Iftekhar Hossain and Research and Advocacy Officer Abul Bashar Mollah addressed the meeting as panel discussants.

The discussants put forward a set of recommendations on how to end the land and water pollution collectively.

The experts unanimously viewed substantial and sustainable promotion of organic fertilisers and pesticides is very crucial for protecting the water resources and soil health from pollution for the sake of producing safe food.

Using chemical fertilizers and pesticides in farming fields is always harmful to soil, water, crops, environment and public health as a whole. So, there is no way but to giving utmost importance towards promoting good practices in agriculture widely.

Prof Fahmida Chowdhury identically mentioned that the pollution can be resisted through strict enforcement of the existing laws and regulations as land-based pollution involves a number of interrelated pressures.

She advocated for an integrated approach combining environment, pesticides and fertiliser authorities so that they can work together to mitigate water pollution caused by agriculture.

Besides, establishment of technologically advanced testing institutes and awareness raising programmes for using pesticides should be taken into consideration, she added.