World Environment Day: Solution for Plastic Pollution

Suttur, June 6, 2023: The ICAR JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Suttur, in collaboration with the Institute of Agriculture Engineers, Chapter-1, and Rotary Brundavana, Mysuru, organized a program titled “Solution to Plastic Pollution” to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5, 2023.

The program commenced with the ceremonial watering of a plant and the introduction of various alternative bags to replace plastic products. Dr. C.G. Betsurmath, Executive Secretary of JSS Mahavidyapeetha, emphasized the urgent need to reduce plastic usage to safeguard our planet. He showcased images and videos depicting the detrimental impact of plastic pollution and expressed his concern over its continued usage despite the ban on plastic in Mysuru since 2016. Dr. Betsurmath urged participants to adopt eco-friendly alternatives for plastic bags and stressed the importance of creating awareness about environmental protection. As part of the program, an oath of an environmentally conscious lifestyle was administered to attendees.

Distinguished guest Dr. A.P. Chandrashekar, a natural farmer from Kalalawadi, was felicitated during the event. In his address, Dr. Chandrashekar encouraged individuals to reflect on their environmental responsibilities and displayed the importance of courageously abstaining from plastic usage. He highlighted the prolonged decomposition time of plastic and its adverse effects on the environment, urging the audience to prioritize tree plantation.

Dr. G.H. Yogesh, Deputy Agriculture Director at the District Agricultural Training Institute, Naganahalli, delivered an introductory speech, advocating for environmental conservation and explaining measures to reduce plastic usage in agriculture.

Highlighting the importance of youth involvement, students from Sri Gurumahanteshwara High School in Hosakote Village performed an enlightening skit on environmental awareness. Attendees received a variety of mango kernels, fruit seeds, used clothes, and plants, along with cloth bags. Women farmers participated in a competition focusing on alternative plastic products used in daily life, with prizes awarded to the winners.

Over 100 plastic alternative products were exhibited, while delegates from JSS KVK, students, and farmers actively participated in tree-planting activities. More than 400 plants were distributed among farmers and school students.

Sri L.C. Dharmananda, President of Rotary Brundavana Institute, and Dr. Vishakanta, Additional Agriculture Director (Retd.), graced the occasion with their presence. The program saw the enthusiastic participation of JSS KVK staff, over 100 farmers, and school students.

Presiding over the event, Sri N.M. Shivashankarappa, Director of Horticulture Division at JSS Mahavidyapeetha, emphasized the significance of such initiatives.

Smt. H.V. Divya, Head (Incharge) of JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra, extended a warm welcome to the attendees, while Srigangappa delivered a vote of thanks. The program was skillfully conducted under the supervision of Dr. U.M. Rakshith Raj.