The Sunday Leader

Fears Over Pesticide Sprayed In Eravur

By Camelia Natheniel

Farmers in Eravur allege that the indiscriminate spraying of a type of pesticide in the area intended to eradicate dengue mosquito larvae has had a negative impact on their crops.

The former director of the dengue campaign had arbitrarily decided and ordered the spraying of Metaforce to around 9000 wells in the Eravur area that were found to contain dengue mosquito larvae, without seeking the advice of agriculturists or environmentalists regarding the resulting environmental impact.

According to an official of the dengue control project prior to the spraying of any chemical to control or eradicate dengue mosquito larvae, the advice of an intellectual panel should be sought.

However he said that no such advice was obtained before the spraying of this insecticide in the Eravur area, which has resulted in all other agriculturally friendly insects such as bees, butterflies, hornets and dragon flies being wiped out from the area as well. These insects perform valued services like pollination and pest control.

As a result of agriculturally friendly insects being eradicated from the area, farmers are claiming that their harvest has declined by about 50 percent this year.

Eravur is primarily an area that grows mangoes and cadju, but the farmers fear that this situation could also affect other crops as well.
Although the director of the dengue campaign had eventually been removed from his position by the higher authorities, the farmers claim that as a result of his short-sighted decision, the damage to their crops cannot be reversed, and it is bound to affect their income.


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