Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

By: Joe Hill 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… Read More Farmers shouldn’t have to die before the government addresses rampant pesticide misuse

Why farmers remain uninformed about pesticides and their use

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

Fire in the forest

The head of a parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests, Renuka Chowdhury has recently commented that the panel’s recommendations on forest fires are being ignored. The report titled ‘Forest fires and its effect on environment, forests, bio-diversity and wildlife and remedial/preventive measures’ presenting steps on mitigating forest fires had been submitted… Read More Fire in the forest

Grey water irrigation more profitable

Over the years the increasing population and urbanization has meant growing shortage of land for disposal of domestic grey water, indiscriminate cutting down of forests for biomass production and lesser availability of water irrigation. Indian researchers have found a one shot solution that can not only address all these three concerns but also generates more… Read More Grey water irrigation more profitable