A coalition of 33 organizations working on agriculture will launch a national level ‘Jan Abhiyan’ on ‘Bhumi Suposhan and Samrakshan’ by April 13. This multi-dimensional Abhiyan will comprise of action, awareness generation and advocacy for reinstating the holistic Bhumi Suposhan concept. The initial phase of three months will start on auspicious Chaitra Pratipada, the first day of the new year in traditional Bhartiya calendar.
“We have overlooked Bhumi Suposhan for over last 200 years of ‘modern’ agriculture and we have been exploiting our lands as an infinite economic resource. We are extracting nutrients from our lands with minimum reciprocation. Presently 30 per cent of our geographical area is suffering from severe land degradation”, the statement in concern read.
As per the opinion of farmers the input cost in agriculture is continuously increasing, productivity is decreasing, reduction in organic carbon, as a result decrease in production. Additionally, water holding capacity of the land and the water level also is going down. As a result of nutrient deficient land resource, we are observing nutritional deficiencies and related diseases in human and animals, it added.