Pesticides are toxic to both pests and humans. However, they need not be hazardous to humans and non-target animal species if suitable precautions are taken. In Maholi block of Sitapur district, Uttar Pradesh, farmers using heavy dose of chemical pesticides and fertilizers in injudicious manner following the above ground symptoms while growing tomato. A training-cum-demonstration programme organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra-II, Katia, at village Niyazpur, Block Maholi, Sitapur, Uttar Pradesh on safe handling method of pesticides and their application method to educate and aware farmers more and more.
Dr. Mukesh Sehgal, Principal Scientist, ICAR-NCIPM, New Delhi participated in the program and urged farmers about two important steps i.e read and understand the product label about the active ingredient, how to mix and apply the product, when and where to apply the product, how to store and dispose of the product, as well as safety and environmental precautions and first aid instructions. He suggest that, spray workers should wear overalls or shirts with long sleeves and trousers, a broad-brimmed hat, a turban or other headgear and sturdy shoes or boots. The mouth and nose should be covered with a simple device such as a disposable paper mask, a surgical-type disposable or washable mask.
Dr. Anand Singh, Sr-Scientist-cum-Head, KVK-II, Sitapur, while explaining about preventive measure suggest that in case of accident; Rinse the eyes with large quantities of clean water for at least five minutes. Remove contaminated clothing from the patient and remove the patient from the contaminated area. Patients requiring further medical treatment should be referred to the nearest medical facility.
Dr. D. S. Srivastava, Scientist, Plant Protection focused on equipment used by farmers that it should be regularly cleaned and maintained to prevent leaks. People who work with pesticides should receive proper training in their safe use. The discharge from the sprayer should be directed away from the body. Leaking equipment should be repaired and the skin should be washed after any accidental contamination.
In this programme total 64 farmers were participated and 20 Safe wearing kits distributed to the victims who are at high risk.