Public Meeting: The Scourge of Nitrogen Pollution in India

A Down To Earth Hindi expose 

March 8, 2018, 9.30 AM – 2.00 PM

VENUE: Seminar Hall, Khalsa College, Amritsar  

India is the third largest consumer of urea in the world. Excessive use of urea in agriculture is leading to devastating nitrogen pollution across North India – mainly in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh etc. Additionally, nitrous oxide emissions from farms are contributing to global warming. 

Back in the 1960s, farmers who used as less as 4 kg of urea in their fields saw their yields go up from 400 to 1,200 kg, indicating a whopping increase in profits. But in less than six decades, the story has taken a frightening turn – farmers, in hope of a good yield, are applying as much as 220-225 kg of urea in their fields: but with no results. A recent CSE analysis has studied the trends and the reasons thereof, and has an explosive story to tell. 

CSE and the Department of Agriculture, Khalsa College, Amritsar invite you to a public meeting in Amritsar on this issue. The meeting will involve two panel discussions – one by subject experts on the CSE analysis and the other by senior editors on challenges of reporting on environmental issues. 

Registration and participation is free and on a first come-first served basis. To register for the event, please send a confirmation mail to Vrinda Nagar at


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