Agriculture dept to train grads in pesticide spraying to avert future tragedies

ST Correspondent
Friday, 13 October 2017

Commissioner of Agriculture Sachindra Pratap Singh said that a person handling spraying pumps should be well equipped with safety gear.

Pune: Following the pesticide poisoning incident in Yavatmal, which led to the death of 20 farmers, besides causing severe illness to 700 others, the Agriculture Department is now planning to train local unemployed graduates in spraying pesticides. 

Commissioner of Agriculture Sachindra Pratap Singh said that a person handling spraying pumps should be well equipped with safety gear. “Similarly, farmers should also use good spraying pumps and we will not allow sale of cheap quality pumps. We will be taking action against unoathorised pesticide companies as well,” added Singh. He said that quality control teams are working in Yavatmal to check pesticide quality. 

“Big farmers hand over the spraying work to others and small farmers generally spray pesticides themselves. Trained persons will charge these farmers for spraying pesticides, which will ensure safety,” added Singh.

Related News