Even as the Maharashtra government grapples with farmers’ deaths and injuries due to their exposure to chemical pesticides, data from the Union Ministry of Agriculture show a more positive all-India trend, with the usage of bio-pesticides across the country rising faster than that of chemical pesticides.
Between 2010-11 and 2016-17, usage of bio-pesticides increased by 23 per cent, while that of chemical pesticides grew only 2 per cent.
Data from the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage, Union Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, show that in 2010-11 the all-India consumption of bio-pesticide was 5,151 tonnes, which has increased to 6,340 tonnes for 2016-17.
Although the numbers for 2016-17 are provisional, they indicate a definite upward trend. Moreover, chemical pesticides consumption is seen rising only incrementally, from 55,540 tonnes to 57,000 tonnes for the period under review.
Unlike chemical pesticides, which are made from industrial chemicals, bio-pesticides are derived from plant extracts, fungi, bacteria, protozoans and minerals. They are used for crop protection and are found to be benign for both humans and the environment....Read more
Source web page: The Hindu Business Line