Nagpur-17th September 2009.
On going uncontrolled attack of military worm ,white fly, aphids ,jessids, thriph ,mealy bug means all types of sucking pest along with deadly layla (reding of leaves) has claimed seven more farm suicides in vidarbha .
The innocent victims of massive use of pesticide and complete failure of genetically modified (GM) seed are-
1.Santosh Thete of village Mogra in Amravati
2.Balajimadavi of village Tembhi in Yavatmal
3.Gajanan Gawande of village Datala in Washim
4.Gajanan Lokhande of village Kinhiraja in Washim
5.Santosh Sidam of village Mangurda in Yavatmal
6.Vinayak Tijare of village Gurudeo Nagar in In Amaravati
7.Rajesh Guddalwar of Karanja in Washim
“In the mega advertisement of bt.cotton seed ,farmers are told that Cotton plants are having Drought tolerance and,the Genetically Engineered Bacillus Thuringenesis that cotton seed has capacity to produce antibiotic resistance to pest attack resulting in lower use of contact and non contact type pesticide and insecticide now days not only inbuilt toxin failed but there is response to all pesticide and insecticide”, informed Kishore Tiwari of Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti in press note .
Thus farm suicide figure since 2004 has now crossed 7000 mark in vidarbha where as yavatmal-1596, amaravati-1122,akola 1016,washim-816,buldhana-1077 and wardha-495 farmers committed suicides as per official record ,tiwari added.
Here are list of pesticides and insecticide failed to control this pest epidemic,cotton farmers have already spent more than Rs.2000 crore of these non-effective pesticides mostly are so toxic hence they are banned in EU and US .
It’s worst epidemic of pest attack on cash crops of rain fed Vidarbha and Marathwada,the backward portion of progressive Maharashtra which are soybean and cotton ,initially military worm damaged all standing soybean crop now this sucking pest will certainly off set rural economic balance of the region creating more despair and distress among the debt trap dying farmers ,Tiwari added..
Vidarbha Janandolan Samiti(VJAS) has urged administration to provide immediate aid to assistance to these cotton farmers who are already disturbed due huge debt and economic crisis due on going agrarian crisis in the region . “this pest epidemic on standing cotton crop will spread distress and farm suicide spiral of West Vidarbha to in near by Marathwada,Khandesh,North Mahrashtra and East Vidarbha hence urgent attention is needed to save million of dying farmers of Maharashtra” Tiwari added