Development doesn’t mean more IT parks and Cricket Stadia
The organization of the science congress by the Kerala University in 2010 was much easier since it was in collaboration with VSSC, and supported by government grants. “But as the supporting agencies are now less in number , this year’s symposium is a great challenge to the organizers” says Dr. Bijukumar, joint secretary of the organising committee of NASI symposium. “Focusing on the topic, sustainable management of biodiversity itself, but gives a rare dimension to this national seminar”.
But in both these countries intense cultivation leads to ecological disasters as synthetic pesticides and fertilizers badly affect the fertility of the soil and makes it inefficient for further farming.
Dr. Biju also quoted an example of Gobi desert in China, where the sand storm, at the end of 1990s resulted in the destruction of cultivable lands. Intense cattle rearing in these countries results in overgrazing and it ultimately increase decertification. Hence, wherever desertification poses a threat to farming, sustainable farming methodologies can be adapted as a long-lasting solution.
Keralites have never thought of cultivating in huge quantities. We have a careless attitude towards farming and considers development as something that brings vast IT parks and cricket stadiums in cultivable farmlands or marshy paddy fields, Dr. Bijukumar observed.