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Biodiversity key to agriculture, says state department

punjab Updated: Aug 06, 2013 20:50 IST
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The Punjab government has decided to promote biodiversity in the all districts of the state, which is key to sustainable agriculture. Eminent agriculture scientists and administrative officials inspected the site for setting up a biodiversity park at Rode and Janer villages in Moga.

State agriculture director Mangal Singh Sandhu said that altering a habitat might help in conserving of pollinators as well as natural enemies of pests. He added that biodiversity was essential for getting quality grain yield of various crops, fruit plants and vegetable production.

"Each species is unique and has value for the ecosystem as well as the human beings. We must all understand and preserve biodiversity."

Deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said: "Protection of biodiversity involves protection of water-catchment areas, nutrient storage and recycling as well as keeping populations of disease causing pests and viruses in check by managing the biological resources."

A team of agriculture experts led by chief agriculture officer Dr Sukhdev Singh, Dr Balwinder Singh along with officials of state biodiversity board said that the natural biodiversity of plants, animals, and microbes functions in many ways to enhance the health and quality of life enjoyed by human society as well as to improve the soil health.

"Scientists, researchers, extension workers and farmers should join hands, to prevent natural resources."

DC Thind said, "With the efforts of state award winner agriculture development officer, Moga, Jaswinder Singh Brar, the Rode panchayat has given 4.5 acres to the district administration for biodiversity project. Sarpanch Lachman Singh of Rode has also assured his full co-operation to the project."