FARMERS AWARENESS ON RESPONSIBLE USE OF PESTICIDES IN CUCURBIT GROWING AREAS OF GUNTUR DISTRICT


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  • A. DEVI VARAPRASAD SAI*, CH. SREENIVASA RAO, D.V. SAIRAM KUMAR, D. RAMESH and CH. TIRUMALA DEVI Department of Entomology, Agricultural College, Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, Bapatla – 522 101

Abstract

The study on farmer’s awareness on pesticides use and handling was conducted in cucurbit
growing areas of Guntur district during the year 2020. A large number of cucurbit farmers (86.7%)
were not aware about the registered and recommended pesticides on cucurbits as per the Insecticide
Act, 1968, while, only 6.6% were aware about the ban of ‘monocrotophos’ on vegetables. All cucurbit
farmers consulted pesticide dealers as source of recommendations, whereas, few young farmers
consult Agricultural Officers in addition to the dealer. About 56.7% farmer’s measured pesticide
approximately, others used measuring cup while preparing spray fluid and all the farmers used stick
for mixing spray fluid. More than half of the spray men (57.0%) did not use any kind of personal
protection equipment, while, 20.0% wore separate clothes with full-sleeves covering the entire hands,
only 17.0% spray men wear gloves, and only 6.7% used face mask. Empty pesticide bottles are reused
for household purposes by 33.3% of the farmers, and most of the farmers (86%) throw the
empty / used pesticide bottles /containers in trash bins or open fields, and none of the farmers were
aware of the proper disposal methods.

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21-02-2023

Published

30-09-2021

How to Cite

A. DEVI VARAPRASAD SAI*, CH. SREENIVASA RAO, D.V. SAIRAM KUMAR, D. RAMESH and CH. TIRUMALA DEVI. (2021). FARMERS AWARENESS ON RESPONSIBLE USE OF PESTICIDES IN CUCURBIT GROWING AREAS OF GUNTUR DISTRICT. The Journal of Research ANGRAU, 49(3), 92-97. https://epubs.icar.org.in/index.php/TJRA/article/view/133559