ANDHRA PRADESH

Farmers say `No' to pesticide

Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: Some 200 farmers took out a rally on the eve of `World No Pesticide Day' under the aegis of Sarvodaya Youth Organisation, a non-governmental agency, at the Rayaparthi and Nadikuda villages of Parkal mandal here on Saturday.

Several farmers felt that the use of pesticides only increased the cost of cultivation and posed threat to farmers. Further, the produce was not commanding good price in the market. However, the use of organic pesticides helped cut the cost of inputs.

Addressing the gathering, Sarvodaya director P. Damodar said some of the farmers who opted for organic farming benefited a lot much. Besides being harmless, the method helped reap good yields. The produce also commanded good price compared to the one produced by use of pesticides and fertilizers.

Modern methods

Mr. Damodar pointed out that due to globalisation the competition in agricultural sector would further increase. With the increased cost of inputs, the Indian farmers could not compete in the international market. The developments would further distress the farmers. It was high time that the farmers adopted modern methods that helped them decrease their cost of cultivation.

Japanese research scholar from Kyoto University, Tyunashi Hirohi who had been here on a study trip sharing his observations, said that across the world, many developed countries had banned the use of pesticide and farmers in a big way were opting for organic farming. Organic farming methods proved economically beneficial on all fronts.

Plea for compensation

Later, the farmers adopted resolutions demanding compensation to all those who died while spraying pesticides, ban on pesticides which had been already banned in other countries, promoting of organic farming and a new agricultural policy be brought out to help the farmers.