Pesticides lowering productivity, polluting lakes

TNN Oct 6, 2012

JAIPUR: Around 22 representatives from 18 countries gathered at an organic farm, nearly 22 km from Jaipur on Sikar Road, to share their experiences on climate change and sustainability. The programme funded by the Ministry of External Affairs was coordinated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) under the ‘Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme.’

They were here to discuss the topic ‘Climate change and sustainability’.

“This is the second time we are here. This time we are sharing experiences about climate change and sustainability. Climate change is a global phenomenon but we are trying to see how we can contribute to its mitigation,” said Innocent Patrick, who works with the ministry of water resources in Tanzania. Due to the rampant use of pesticides, fertility has gone down and lakes are getting polluted.

“This is primarily a study tour wherein participants are nominated through the ministry of external affairs in underdeveloped countries,” said a source from TERI.

Under ITEC and its corollary SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme), 158 countries in Asia & the Pacific, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean and East & Central Europe have been invited to share in the Indian development experience.

“The training course at Saharia Organic Farm is a good platform for capacity building and sharing experiences. We would also be looking at collaborating with farmers,” said Mialy Raveloarison, directeaur, du develloppement du partenariat, Madagascar.

In the recent years, enormous pressure has been put on ecosystems of developing countries to support the ever-growing demand for natural resources, so the conference focused on getting close to nature with organic farming. Among the experts were Harki Sidhu, renowned tea expert and organic guru, Dr R K Pathak, Dr L D Maheshwari and Brig. (Retd) A P Bhargava.