‘Safe and cautious usage of pesticides’

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A one-day training programme for farmers held at Suttur

Suttur, October 27, 2018: “Our lungs are not in our bodies, they are in the trees,” opined Dr. M. G. Chandrakanth, Director, Institute of Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru.

He was addressing the farmers after inaugurating the one-day training programme on ‘Safe and Cautious usage of Pesticides’, held at Suttur, jointly organized by the ICAR JSS Krishi Vignan Kendra, in association with the HIL (India) Ltd., New Delhi. He called upon the farmers to adopt organic methods of farming and use panchagavya and vegetative pesticides, instead of regular chemical pesticides.

In his address Chief Guest Dr. S. B. Dandin, former Vice Chancellor, University of Horticultural Sciences, Bagalkot, opined that the farmers who misuse natural resources to do cultivation will not only invite problems for themselves but also will also cause harm to the ecology. Hence, he advised them to seek advice from experts and adopt sustainable cultivation methods. “Useless oxen, a son who does not involve in agriculture and a seed that doesn’t germinate are the enemies of a farmer,” he said.

“Today our farmers have reached a level where they think they cannot grow anything without pesticides. If it is inevitable, use organic manure and green manure. By using it you can also reduce your expenses,” said Dr. M. Mahanteshappa, Joint Agricultural Director, Mysuru.

Dr. D. Manjunath, Deputy Director, Horticulture Department, Mysuru, in his talk said, “The farmers should also keep in their mind the health aspect of their consumers and economical aspects, and adopt safety measures while using pesticides.” He also called upon to have a concern for ecology and consumers and use proper pesticides.

In his presidential address Dr. M. Mahadevappa, former Vice Chancellor, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad observed that the farmers should undertake agricultural activities based on scientific methods. He advised the farmers that they can gain financially by arriving at an agreement with the seed production companies. He also called upon them to adopt the relevant modern technology.

Various agricultural subject experts spoke about the safe use of pesticides. A video presentation and a field demonstration were also held.

Dr. Arun Balamatti, Head, JSS KVK in his introductory speech opined that about 40,000 farmers had availed the services of the Agri Clinic, run by JSS KVK and shared his experiences of all those farmers who are doing agriculture by availing the advice of experts and getting rid of plant diseases with minimum cost.

Sri S. Satish compered and Smt. Divya gave a vote of thanks. More than 500 farmers took part in the training programme.