AP minister concerned over 'excessive' use of pesticides
Posted on: 01:16 AM IST Apr 03, 2013
Guntur: Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Minister Kanna Lakshmi Narayana on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the "excessive" use of fertilisers and pesticides by farmers in the state, saying the ongoing trend would reflect on the quality of soil and cost of cultivation.
The minister was speaking at a meeting of agriculture scientists from three districts at the regional agriculture research station near Guntur.
"Guntur district has the dubious distinction of using 427 kgs of fertilisers per hectare, which is the highest in the country", he said while appealing to agriculture scientists to educate farmers on judicious utilisation of pesticides.