Special Correspondent

Bangalore: Minister for Science and Technology Ramachandra Gowda on Saturday expressed concern over the extensive use of soil to make bricks to satiate the ever-hungry construction industry.

He was inaugurating a national workshop on the preparation of a community-based national communication programme on soil management, organised by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication, the State and Union governments and the Karnataka Rajya Vijnana Parishat. Surface soil should be preserved at all costs, he said.

Soil up to a depth of at least four to five feet should be protected. Pesticides and chemical fertilizers were posing a serious danger to the soil, he said.

Chief Secretary Prahlad B. Mahishi said that soil health was as important as the quality of the air. Soil was being misused, and it should be immediately stopped for the good of the ecosystem.