Spraying Deaths: A case of system failure

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Oct 2017 09:17:24


Staff Reporter,

Yet another crisis has hit the beleaguered agricultural sector of Vidarbha as 50 persons have died so far after inhaling pesticides used for controlling pest attacks on cotton crop.
National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notice to Maharashtra Government seeking a report on the grave issue within four week.

Janmanch has questioned the handling of crisis by Maharashtra Government. They said, going by the ground situation, the health machinery has failed completely in tackling the situation.
Kishor Tiwari, President, Vasantrao Naik Shetkari Swavalamban, has termed the entire incident as colossal loss of the system. Tiwari, who hails from Yavatmal, where the toll is high, has demanded blanket ban on sale and use of chemical pesticides and advoated use of herbal-based pesticides.

Guardian Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule has rapped the administration for its insensitivity as despite the first death reported in Nagpur district in July last, no corrective measures were taken. The Minister said, there was apparent lack of co-ordination among Revenue, Agricultural and Police Department.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansaraj Ahir pressed for action against pesticide companies for launching unlicensed pesticides in market. He suspected that use of Taiwanese pump for spraying might be responsible for higher fatalities, as its nozzle is big but pipe length
is short.

State Agricultural Minister Pandurang Fundkar called for registration of offences against seeds and pesticide manufacturing companies. In a statement in Mumbai, Fundkar said, it’s the responsibility of the companies to train/educate farmers on how to use the sprays safely.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) release said that pesticide and seeds companies are hand in glove in looting the farmers, even at cost of their lives. The multinational companies manufactured toxic pesticides and also prices them exorbitantly and seeds to were not safe from pest attack.