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Nurturing: Chairman of the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Amarnath N. Patil watering a plant on the occasion of World Environment Day in Gulbarga on Friday.
Nurturing: Chairman of the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Amarnath N. Patil watering a plant on the occasion of World Environment Day in Gulbarga on Friday.

Staff Correspondent

Teachers told to educate children on environmental issues

GULBARGA: Chairman of the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Amarnath N. Patil on Friday said the board would formulate a special action plan on protecting forests and environment.

He was speaking after inaugurating a seminar organised as part of World Environment Day celebrations by the Information Department, Department of Forests and the Hyderabad-Karnataka Education Society’s Girls’ High School here.

Mr. Patil said the State Government was encouraging organic farming to maintain soil fertility, and initiating measures to ensure clean atmosphere and protect forests. The Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board was also involved in activities aimed at protecting environment.

Glaciers were melting owing to global warming and this had resulted in the rise in the sea level, he said.

He stressed the need for ensuring green cover, and suggested that trees and plants be nurtured like “children”.

Lecturer at M.S.I. Pre-University College Narendra Badsheshi said that rapid urbanisation, modernisation and industrialisation had resulted in degradation of the environment.

Damage caused to the environment would prove detrimental to living beings. He wanted teachers to educate children on environmental issues.

Presiding over the function, Guruprasad, scientist at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Gulbarga, said crops had lost natural resistance against diseases owing to excessive use of pesticides. He wanted farmers adopt biological control of pests.

Journalist Shivram Asundi, who was the chief guest, spoke. Assistant Director of the Information Department G. Chandrakanth was present.

Saplings were distributed to students on the occasion.

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