Ban pesticides in suicide-hit districts, demands activist

Nagpur, Jan 21: Chairman of state task force on farmers, Kishore Tiwari, has urged chief minister Devendra Fadnavis to ban use of chemicals in 14 suicide-prone districts of Maharashtra. Tiwari’s suggestion follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to emulate Sikkim, which has become the first state to switch over to total organic farming to save environment.

“To start with at least the 14 districts of Maharashtra, affected by farmers’ suicide, should be declared as organic farming zone, thus banning use of chemicals in the form of fertilizers, pesticides, micro nutrients and other toxic substances used in cultivation and post-cultivation processes,” Tiwari said.