19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest People
Safety first…

Mr. Vinod of Nayi Basti village, Chakia, Dist.Chandauli, has a small piece of tillable land wherein he grows rice and some other crops. Being dependent on this source for his own food needs and also generating income to run the family, it is natural that he safeguards his crop from pests and also maximizes yield, maintaining ideal quality. Pesticides can cause deleterious health effects in people who are preparing, mixing or using them, as per the 2016 guidelines on highly hazardous pesticides published by the World Health Organization (WHO). The can enter the body through the skin (contact), the lungs (inhalation) and the mouth (ingestion), according to scientific studies. Inhalation of pesticide fumes results in serious damage to the nose, throat, and lung tissues resulting in dizziness, breathlessness and vomiting. Spraying pesticides means using chemicals that are harmful, and hence some protective gear must be worn, least of these are a face mask and gloves. Despite this, a large number of our farmers do the job without wearing any of these. The use of pesticides is banned or restricted in other countries. In India also, many recommendations have been made by the SIT in this regard. It is time that Government implements these measures to change the situation.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 02.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2021
Photo Location: Chakia, India
Camera: X-T3
Copyright: © Sayed Kashif