Monday 28 February 2011

Author(s): Savvy Soumya Misra

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  • Its a well known fact that

    Its a well known fact that POP residues have contaminated almost every segment of environment and we always suggest to ban on the use of these chemicals, but Is it a sustainable solution?? Why we alaways try to cure the sympotoms instead of disease. banning the use of such chemicals cannot eliminate their use, untill we dont provide an alternate solutions to the farmers. Being less educated and having very less income, these farmers are biggest sufferer and always being projected as top culprits; while the ground reality is totally different. We should aware the farmers regarding the indiscriminate use of pesticides, we should educate them, regarding effective pesticdes management and techniques like integrated pesticide management (IPM).
    The farmers who uses less pesticides can be compentiated, their crops should get more market price. This concept of organic farming exist already, but truely speaking, a major share of such practices still didnot reach to the farmers and the middleman (traders) catch the major portion of it. If the farmers will get the good prices for their crops, they will automatically discard the use of such chemicals. Merely banning the use cannot solve the problem, instead their production could be stopped. If the banned chemicals are available in market, banning of their use will always increase the illegal trade, which is a lost-lost situation for farmers, government and environment as well.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
  • I totally agree with you

    I totally agree with you Pravin. The states are talking of banning the pesticides because it is only the centre which can take a decision on stopping the production of pesticide. Banning pesticides in one state or two states as has happened in the case of endosulfan is not going to serve the purpose because the state borders are extremely porous and there is very little chance that a tab can be kept on what is being brought in and what is being used. But the government seems completely in awe of the pesticide industries and instead of talking of non chemical alternatives they have been harping on how the country will suffer production losses if pesticides are not used. Andhra Pradesh's Non Pesticide Management method has been a great success. The government should take a leaf out from there and try and implement it in other states.

    Posted by: Anonymous | 5 years ago | Reply
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