Issue Date: May 15, 2001
Cotton, grown on just five per cent of Indian agricultural land, consumes more than 50 per cent of the total pesticides used in India. Cotton gowers rely heavily on pesticides to control insects, diseases weeds and growth regulators. The intensive use of pesticides endangers human health as well as soil health, agro-ecology, leads to reduced profits for the farmers and creates an avoidable monoculture. Organic cotton is the solution.