Projects - Environment
As a step toward
improving the environment, IRDF has initiated an innovative
pest management project. This project will help poor farmers by
educating them on methods to improve their agriculture through
eco-friendly ‘Integrated Pest Management’ techniques. This
alternative, cost-effective method of controlling crop pests, replaces
harmful chemical pesticides.
This pilot project with the help of our partner NGO RDF in Hyderabad, India has been initiated in a few villages in Warangal
district. The goal is to increase crop yields while sustaining and protecting
The primary aim of this project is to dissuade the farmers from using
harmful chemical pesticides, which over the years have destroyed the
environment and progressively reduced yields. It is the classic
syndrome of using more and more pesticide every year with less
effectiveness. As a result of excessive and indiscriminate use of
pesticide, many species of birds have reached the brink of extinction.
Even the common sparrow is now no longer seen in rural India. In addition to this,
traditional chemical pesticides have contaminated ground water and harmful residue is found in food. If the pilot project is proven
successful, these techniques could be deployed in other parts of India.