Centre of World Solidarity (CWS), along with Society for Promotion of Wastelands Development (SPWD) and Welthungerhilfe, is organizing a two day conference on April 25 – 26 at HRDC, Ranchi, on the issues of increasing use of pesticides in crops and the related health hazards. The consumption of pesticide in Jharkhand has risen six folds in the past six years and in 2017 at least six indebted farmers committed suicide, said the organisers. Jharkhand Minister of Food and Supply Dept, Saryu Roy and other eminent persons of the State are expected to attend.
This two day conference called ‘Towards Organic Jharkhand’ starts from 11 AM – 4PM. The main aim of the conference is be to urge the Government of Jharkhand to restrict the use of lesser harmful pesticide and ban the chemicals that are in the Class1 of the WHO list. The organizers also appealed to the State to create awareness on the proper use of pesticides. The conference is followed by a fair at the Gossenor College Grounds, where ecological products obtained from one hundred small holder farmers are displayed from 4 – 8 PM on both the days.