Agricultural experts say misuse of pesticides deteriorates crop quality

Agricultural experts have claimed that improper use of pesticides can lead to deterioration of crop quality and environmental pollution, while harmful pests cause severe damage to fruits and crops in Sindh.

HYDERABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 9, 2021): Agricultural experts have claimed that the misuse of pesticides can lead to deterioration of crop quality and environmental pollution, while harmful pests cause severe damage to fruits and crops in Sindh.

Experts highlighted the need to adopt natural methods to destroy harmful pests through friendly insects in order to produce quality crops, vegetables and fruits to meet the challenges of the global market.

In order to meet the challenge of destroying harmful pests, 60 centers were set up in six districts of Sindh for the development of friendly insects while the same technology was also introduced in Larkana district to control and destroy pests in guava orchards, they informed during the seminar, organized by SZAB Agricultural College Dokri of Sindh TandoJam University of Agriculture.

The seminar was jointly organized by SZAB Agriculture College Dokri and the Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (SIAPEP), the spokesperson for the Sindh Agricultural University informed on Saturday.

Addressing the seminar, Engineer Ayaz Abro, Director of SIAPEP, said that various insect pests have been implicated in the attack and destruction of fruits, crops and vegetables, including guava, mango, orange, pear, cotton, peach, plum, sugar cane, because its chemical solution is also harmful to the environment and friendly insects. Pesticides and other toxins worth billions of rupees are imported from abroad and have their own distinct threats, he added.

In order to eradicate hostile pests using natural pests, he informed that the Sindh Irrigated Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project (SIAPEP) in collaboration with the Center for Agriculture and Bio sciences International (CABI ) initiated a project to cultivate friendly pests with the establishment of 60 Enemy Natural Reservoir Centers (NEFRs) in six districts of Sindh.

Dr Muhammad Haroon Hulio, professor at SZAB Agricultural College Dokri, said the harmful effects of pests on fruits and crops were of great concern due to lack of awareness of human health, environment, pests and birds by farmers.

“We use these methods which are harmful to the environment, humans, animals, birds as well as friendly insects, so we must adopt natural and environmentally friendly measures against pests and destroy harmful pests with friendly insects, “he said and informed that farmers can contact these centers in Sindh to benefit from this technology and seek expert advice. With the help of this technology, we can easily eradicate harmful parasites, he said.

Among others, Ghulam Nabi Soho, Abdul Hameed Memon, Nazir Ahmed Panhwar, Saeed Ahmed, Zulfiqar Ali Abbasi, Dr. Shahnawaz Khoro, Shabana Mazari, Riaz Mahmood and Ashfaq Ahmed Bambhro also addressed the participants of the seminar.


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