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25 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 February, 2020 01:16:57 AM
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Promote the use of pesticide-free vegetables

Promote the use of pesticide-free vegetables

It is heartening that cultivation of pesticide-free vegetables adopting eco-friendly agricultural technologies is gaining ground among farmers in char areas and dried-up riverbeds of Kawnia upazila of Rangpur district. Many farmers have achieved success in producing pesticide-free vegetables.  They have grown sweet pumpkin, brinjal, balsam, basil, carrot, radish, spinach, squash, onion, garlic, gourd, green chili and tomato on char lands. Many have been cultivated applying the organic method. Farmers used the light-trap method to prevent insects from damaging the crops.

There was a time when farmers would grow crops and vegetables without using pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  They would use natural fertilizer like cow dung and control insects in their own way. Due to rapid population growth in the country during the past few decades demand for food grain and vegetables has increased manifold. To cope with the demand, farmers have become accustomed to using   chemical fertilizers and pesticides in excessive proportions not knowing their harmful effects.

This practice is doing more harm than good. First, the indiscriminate use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides are decreasing soil fertility. In this process a fertile land may turn barren. It is also causing environmental pollution. Consumption of food grain and vegetables produced by using pesticides is harmful for health. The toxic elements enter human body through the food chain. Hundreds of farmers in rural areas use pesticides in their croplands indiscriminately to augment   production. They do this due to ignorance and absence of training imparted by agriculture officials.

That the vegetables become toxic and hazardous for consumption at the growing stage is a reality. Vegetables loaded in trucks and other vehicles come to towns and cities. Apparently they look fresh and shiny but they are unsafe for consumption due to toxic substance hidden in them. The government, particularly the agriculture department, should take remedial measures to halt this malpractice.

Awareness should be generated among vegetable farmers about the adverse impact of using pesticides. Agriculture officials should  train up farmers about the use of fertilizers and pesticides in proper doses. Holding of farmers’ gatherings and field day at different villages from time to time can help farmers acquire proper skills in this regard. The outlets for selling pesticides should be brought under regulation.    

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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