When will our country learn from it’s mistakes? Harmful pesticides have been regularly wrecking havoc among our farming community now again it has taken the lives of at least 18 farmers in Maharashtra who inhaled toxic insecticide fumes. The Chief Minister has ordered a high-level probe to ascertain the causes and initiate remedial measures.
That’s not all, apart from these 18 deaths, another 600 persons have been fallen ill from inhaling toxic insecticide fumes, sprayed mostly in cotton and soya fields, and are undergoing treatment, said Vasantrao Naik Shetkar Swavalamban Mission Chairman Kishore Tiwari. he also urged Maharashtra to emulate the example of Kerala where all toxic pesticides/insecticides have been banned after the state reported large number of deaths.
Fadnavis announced a compensation of Rs 200,000 to the families of the deceased farmers and also directed a detailed investigation by the Additional Chief Secretary, Home. He also said it would be mandatory for pesticides companies to distribute special types of protective kits to prevent recurrence of similar incidents in future.