Pesticide offtake edges up even as more farmers shun agrochemicals -Vishwanath Kulkarni and V Sajeev Kumar
-The Hindu Business Line
AP, Kerala, Punjab, TN, Rajasthan, M.P. and Chhattisgarh see a dip in consumption
After witnessing a slump in 2018-19, pesticide consumption registered a marginal growth in 2019-20. However, more States are reporting a decline in usage of agrochemicals on rising awareness of the harmful effects among both producers and consumers.
States such as Punjab, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Kerala reported a decline in usage of technical grade chemical pesticides during 2019-20, according to the provisional data released by the Agriculture Ministry.
However, major consuming States such as Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh saw a growth in usage as farmers continued to apply more chemicals to protect their crops from pests, diseases and control weeds amidst shortage of labour and rising costs.
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The Hindu Business Line, 31 July, 2020, https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/agri-business/pesticide-offtake-edges-up-even-as-more-farmers-shun-agrochemicals/article32242413.ece