Readers only offer: Get additional Rs 200 off on 'The Better Home' powerful natural cleaners. Shop Now
X
When Women Farmers Did What Scientists Couldn’t Do to Save Their Crops from Whitefly Attack

When Women Farmers Did What Scientists Couldn’t Do to Save Their Crops from Whitefly Attack

Promotion
Ad Banner

Over 100 women farmers have come together to reduce the impact of whiteflies on cotton crops. They have started a campaign to spread awareness about natural sprays to get rid of the pests and improve the production.

Whitefly pest attacks, which destroy cotton crops, have always been an issue in Punjab and Haryana. After many failed attempts by scientists and governments to find a solution, a group of women in Haryana has finally found out a way to protect the crops.

About 100 women became part of a campaign to spread awareness about good harvest without using pesticides or chemicals on crops.

farming

And state agriculture department officials claim that farmers from over 12 villages in Jind have adopted pesticide-free style of farming leading to limited impact of whitefly attack in more than 1,000 acres of land.

Promotion
Ad Banner

Instead of using chemicals and pesticides, the farmers use a homemade spray to strengthen the plants. Their spray is a mix of di-ammonia phosphate (DAP), urea, zinc and water, and is called ‘Dr Dalal solution’. It is named after an agriculture development officer (ADO) named Surender Singh Dalal who started this style of farming about eight years back in Jind. The concept grew popular after his death two years ago, and many farmers started replacing pesticides with Dr. Dalal Solution.

Dalal had also taught farmers to identify the friendly insects that don’t harm their crops and farmers have identified around 200 insects whose activities are monitored to plan the plantation of crops.

This spray has helped farmers to beat the impact of whiteflies in an affordable way.

Instead of spending about Rs 5,000 per acre to control whitefly, they now just invest about Rs 500 per acre. To make more farmers follow the “desi” practice, weekly “khet pathshalas” (field days) are organised by master trainers of the group of farmers.

Like this story? Or have something to share? Write to us: contact@thebetterindia.com, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter (@thebetterindia).

Promotion
Ad Banner

Let’s be friends :)
Sign in to get free benefits
  • Get positive news daily on email
  • Join our community of positive ambassadors
  • Become a part of the positive movement
X