he Vice Chancellor Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam Dr. Mujeebuddin Sahrai on Thursday said that we must protect our future generations from the toxicity effects due to the excessive use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers by raising awareness and promoting use of less toxic alternatives.
He was speaking at a stakeholder’s consultation workshop which was conducted as a part of the study being carried out by Global Environmental Management Services (Pvt) Limited (GEMS) for the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
The objective of this study is to assess the environmental and health impacts of Pesticides and Chemical Fertilizer in Sindh Province.
The workshop was chaired by Dr. Mujeeb Sehari, Vice Chancellor of the Sindh Agriculture University and was widely attended by participants from various fields including SEPA officials, Dr. Sagheer Sheikh (Dean), Dr. M.A. Rustamani (Dean) Dr. Ismail Kumbhar, Dr. Shahab Memon from Centre of Excellence, Sindh University, Dr. Rasool Bux Mehar, Ms. Faryal Almani, Chairman Environmental Sciences Department, Sindh University, Representatives from Fisheries Department, Agriculture Research Department, Representative of NGO (SAFCO Support Foundation) and Others.
The workshop was informed that excessive use of pesticides and fertilizers is decreasing soil quality, contaminating ground water and causing eutrophication of surface water resources. It was also indicated that due to irresponsible use of pesticides new born babies, humans and animals health is adversely being affected.