Interventions in Handling of Pesticides in Agriculture: A Review
Nity Nishant, Dr. Rupa Upadhyay

Pesticides are widely used to reduce the incidence of crop destruction due to attack by insect –pests and thereby help to improve crop yield. But despite these benefits, they also contribute to the destruction of environment as well as human health, if not used as per the recommended guidelines. Hence, there is a need to educate the farmers and their families about the appropriate usage of pesticides to improve yield as well as quality of crops without harming themselves and the environment. This paper presents a review of various studies undertaken with the farming community to reduce pesticide exposure and change in their behaviour regarding handling pesticides through the means of educational intervention programmes. For this, eighteen researches published in various esteemed journals were selected on the basis of criteria like farmer’s handling the pesticides and analysed through systematic approach. As an outcome of the review, it was found that the farming community showed improvement in safe pesticides handling practices as a result of educational interventions in the intervention areas (experimental) as compared to the non-intervention (controlled) areas. Hence, further provides scope for these kinds of researches and reviews in order to make people aware about these facts.

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