Overdose of pesticides raises health risks | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, June 10, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:30 AM, June 10, 2019

Overdose of pesticides raises health risks

Farmers often use pesticide in more than the prescribed doses to get crops and vegetables free from insects and diseases.

In the way, the residues of the pesticides quickly spread in the air and soil, which are ultimately transferred to human bodies and create health risks as well as environment pollution.

Even the farmers engage in spraying pesticides in the croplands do not care about their safety and its harmful effects on human the body.

They are often seen spraying pesticide without wearing any apron, safety musk and shoes, which would trigger a serious health risk to them.

Agriculturists opined that the poisonous residues of pesticide remain alive under the topsoil of the croplands for years and never dissipate which are eventually washed away by the rain water and effects water resources and other crops.

Frequent use of pesticide in cropland and vegetable fields more than the stipulated dose contaminated the produces, which eventually makes the consumers suffer from various problems, said the experts.

Vegetable grower Rafiqul Islam said he cultivated brinjal on 20 decimals of land and sprayed pesticides more frequently for an insect-free production.

“I used pesticide on my brinjal plants soon after it got matured and subsequently used it twice a week till plucking it,” Rafiqul said.

Like Rafiqul, a number of farmers in the area echoed the same.

Deputy Director of the Department of Agricultural Extension in Gaibandha SM Ferdous said overdose of pesticides is undoubtedly harmful for human body as well as nature and environment.

He said they suggest farmers to adopt modern techniques other than using pesticide.

Gaibandha Civil Surgeon Dr ABM Abu Hanif said poisonous residues of pesticide badly effects human bodies that might lead to fatal diseases like cancer and other physical disorders.

Moreover, farmers engaged in spraying pesticides, without taking any safety measures, are more vulnerable to health risk due to inhaling its poisonous residues.

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