My conversion to chemical-free farming began about ten years ago”, said Malliah, a farmer from Yenabavi village in Warangal district in Andhra Pradesh. “I had an infestation of red-headed hairy caterpillars. I used all kinds of pesticides and couldn’t get rid of them. I was getting desperate, as the caterpillars were spreading all over my cotton crop and castor beans.” An agronomist from the Centre for World Solidarity (CWS), an Indian voluntary organisation, was visiting the village, and showed him how to set up solar-powered light traps. He put several of these traps on his land and they were “100 per cent effective”.
Saying “no” to chemical farming in India
by , Seedling, 01 July, 2008
The report is quite scathing of industrial farming and genetically manipulated crops. It states outright that GM crops will not address the challenges of climate change, loss of biodiversity, hunger and poverty. For that the world must engineer a shift towards multifunctional style of agriculture that recognizes the ecosystem services and their values. The report voted in favour of small farms and criticized big agribusiness models like Syngenta and Monsanto. It is no surprise, therefore, the US, Canada and Australia, patrons of industrial farming, have rejected this report. For, embracing the report would mean cutting into the thriving market for transgenic seeds, pesticides and fertilizers.
Back to the future
by , Down to Earth, 01 July, 2008