(April 2009 to September 2009 PROMOTING THE USE OF ECO-FRIENDLY BIOPESTICIDES AMONG THE FARMERS FOR SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION IN KANCHEEPURAM DISTRICT IN TAMIL NADU
Since there is greater emphasis on protecting the environment by promoting sustainable agriculture, many farmers were showing great interest and involvement in our programme.
During the period from April to September 2009, we had visited 80 villages and interacted with the farmers. Totally 2100 farmers were met by our team. We conducted awareness programmes in these villages and farmers were advised to follow eco-friendly insect pest management practices. By using visual aids the farmers were taught how to differentiate beneficial and harmful insects in the field.
The farmers were also taught to prepare botanical pesticides. We supplied our oil formulation PONNEEM which is a biopesticide to be sprayed on the crops to control insect pests. The farmers expressed great happiness with the use of biopesticide. They said that they were able to get greater yield and more money from the produce compared to the use of synthetic chemical pesticides.
We thank the Government of Luxemburg and Indeschpatenschaften for the support.