DIMAPUR, MARCH 17: The department of Agriculture organised a one-day orientation programme for insecticide inspectors on March 17 at the directorate of Agriculture, Kohima.
A press release from the department informed that the Director of Agriculture M Ben Yanthan highlighted the importance of management of toxic pesticides.
Yanthan said that in general, pesticide is a chemical or a biological agent that kills pests or otherwise discourages pest infestation. He stated that pesticides include herbicides, insecticides, termiticides, nematicides, molluscicides, avicides, rodenticides, bactericides, miticides, insect relent, animal repellent, anti microbials, fungicides but herbicides accounts to approximately 80% of the pesticide use.
Further, Yanthan also said that 20-25 % of crop damage is caused by pests. Fortunately, the usage of insecticides or pesticides in the State is very low but in mainland India the pesticides market is expected to be worth 316 billion by 2019-2024, he added.
The State has a vision to adopt organic farming, therefore the role insecticides inspectors are immense for inspection, monitoring and transfer of knowledge converting usage of synthetic, chemicals to organic form of pesticides, he said.
Bendanglila, Joint Director of Agriculture, spoke on the topic of powers of insecticide inspectors, procedures to be followed by insecticide inspectors, notification of poisoning, prohibition of sale of insecticides for public safety, offences and punishment etc., as per the Insecticide Act, 1968.
Resources person, TN Chaturvedi, Plant Protection Officer at CIPMC, Dimapur, stressed on the importance impact and controlled usages of pesticides.
(Page News Service)