Maintaining that environment protection should go hand-in-hand with development, Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan has called for developing science and technology options to save the environment.
The chief minister said environment-friendly processes should be centered on decentralization. Vijayan expressed his views on the occasion of a program organized by Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment.
Minister shared that the government will take a tough stance against food adulteration. He further added that organic farming free from toxic pesticides will be extended to 50,000 hectares in the state. Through various means of technology, the state is trying to conserve the environment.
Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment joint director Kamalakshan Kokkal said the environmental monitoring program on water quality project focuses on developing suitable water quality and biological indices for different water domains.
Centre for Water Resources Development and Management scientist P S Harikumar said the environmental monitoring network of water quality has been expanded to the Ithikkara, Pallikkal, Uppala, Manjeswar, Ayiroor and Mamom river basins.