There seems to be no scientific or governmental consensus at the national and state level on approved uses of pesticides. According to the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), the licence for manufacture, formulation and sale of pesticides are to be dealt with at the state level. The CIBRC maintains a list on its… Read More Dangerous misuse of pesticides
On the 3rd April 2018, at the 2nd International Agroecology Symposium in Rome, the Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva called for healthier and more sustainable food systems. Observing that the focus on increasing production at any cost has not been sufficient to eradicate hunger, he said that… Read More Misuse of chemical pesticides in Jharkhand: What should be done?
गरीब और पिछड़ा माने जाने वाले झारखंड जैसे राज्यों के जनजातीय लोग कई ऐसी सब्जियों की प्रजातियों का उपभोग अपने भोजन में करते हैं, जिनके बारे में देश के अन्य हिस्सों के लोगों को जानकारी तक नहीं है। भारतीय शोधकर्ताओं ने झारखंड के स्थानीय आदिवासियों द्वारा उपयोग की जाने वाली ऐसी पत्तेदार सब्जियों की 20… Read More पोषण और आमदनी का जरिया बन सकती हैं झारखंड की सब्जी प्रजातियां
The Mahila Kisan Shashaktikaran Pariyojna (MKSP), a sub-component of the Government of India’s National Rural Livelihoods Mission, began in Jharkhand in 2014. Under the management of the Jharkhand State Livelihood Promotion Society (JSLPS), in a consortium partnership approach the Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and Asian Institute for Sustainable Development (AISD) are implementing… Read More Empowering Jharkhand’s female farmers
Pushpa Bela Minz used to be stuck at her home most of the time, in part because of her village in Simdega’s largely stagnant agricultural economy. This has all changed since the MKSP began in 2014. She and fellow villager Udit Tirkey were selected to be their village’s community resource persons (CRPs), as a result… Read More Women taking centre field in farming
A recent study in Jharkhand showed that farmers are unaware of how to correctly use different chemicals and do not use any protective gear during the process. The deaths and hospitalisation of farmers in Maharashtra raises to the forefront the question of state government culpability for its negligence in regulating the pesticide sector. The National Human Rights… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse
Manufacturers and state governments have done little to inform farmers about approved uses of pesticides and hazards of using illegal ones. The Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, provides information on approved uses of pesticides, dosages and waiting period of pesticides on its website. But a… Read More Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use