A farmer spraying pesticide at a cotton field near Khairi in Kumram Bheem Asifabad district.
| Photo Credit: S_HARPALSINGH
Need to create awareness among farmers about risks involved in use of pesticides without taking precautions, says doctor
The poisoning due to inhalation of pesticide and its absorption through the skin has come to torment farmers once again in Adilabad district. While four cases of organo-phosphate poisoning have already been treated in the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here, private hospitals are admitting at least two such cases everyday which, according to experts is on the higher side.
“The farmers do not take any precaution while spraying pesticides on crops, mainly cotton. They neither have protective gear nor are careful not to spray against the wind flow which results in the spray being inhaled and coming in contact with open skin and eyes,” pointed out RIMS physician C. Suresh Chandra as he referred to the cases which were treated in his department.
“As part of basic precautions farmers should avoid spraying for long hours. They should give a break and wash their bodies of any chemical residues on their skin at least every two hours,” the physician suggested.