Socio-ecological Implications of Pesticide Use in India

Shetty, PK (2004) Socio-ecological Implications of Pesticide Use in India. Economic and Political Weekly, 39 (49). pp. 5261-5267.

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Abstract: This article is based on a detailed field investigation conducted in four states to determine the effects of the use (or misuse) of pesticides on the farming system, health of farmers and pest resistance. The study finds that farmers rely heavily on pesticides for pest control. However, over-application and indiscriminate use of pesticides has had several adverse consequences and deepened agrarian distress. While accepting the important role of pesticides in India’s food security, proper education, adoption of safety norms and integrated pest management practices, and reduction of monocropping should be encouraged to maximise the gains from the use of pesticides.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Additional Information: The Copyright belongs to Economic and Political Weekly.
Subjects: School of Natural and Engineering Sciences > Environment
Date Deposited: 18 May 2006
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2014 08:54
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