Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil addressing a workshop at Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Raichur on Thursday. - PHOTO: SANTOSH SAGAR
Deputy Commissioner S. Sasikanth Senthil advised farmers to go for sustainable and environment-friendly agriculture practices by using municipal solid waste as compost. He was addressing a workshop on the use of city compost in agriculture organised at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, on Thursday. The workshop was organised jointly by City Municipal Council, Centre for Ash Utilisation Technology and Environment Conservation, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board and University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur (UAS-R).
"Don't see organic solid waste generated at municipal limits just as a unusable waste. See it as a wealth. The biodegradable organic waste has a great potential. The increased use of compost in agriculture could not only reduce financial burden of using chemical-based fertilisers from the shoulders of farmers and increase their financial conditions by giving better yields. It could also help conserving nature and improving people's health," he said.
He also advised agricultural scientists and social activists to popularise the methods of sustainable agriculture among farming community.
P.M. Salimath, Vice Chancellor of UAS-R, detailed the benefits of conventional farming which was sustainable and environment-friendly. "With the advent of agricultural technologies in 1960s, the trend of growing with relatively less physical labour and easily available chemical-based fertilisers was set in motion. We need to seriously think about the sustainability of farming method that is presently predominant among farmers and the relevance of our conventional farming," he said.
Agricultural scientists H.C. Prakash, Joint Director of Agriculture Dr. Kiran Kumar, CMC Commissioner K. Gurulingappa, MLA Dr. Shivaraj Patil and others were present.