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Pesticide poisoning? Two Yavatmal farmers hospitalised

Press Trust of India  |  Yavatmal 

In a case of suspected pesticide poisoning, probably the first in this Kharip season in east Maharashtra, two farmers were admitted to a hospital with symptoms of vomitting and loose motions in district.

(42) and (24) were admitted in the Yavatmal-based (GMC) on July 1, a GMC said today.

While Kewade, a resident of Fulai village in the district, was discharged on July 7, Meshram, who hails from Pengare village, still remains in the hospital.

"Both of them were admitted in the hospital on July 1 with symptoms of severe loose motions and vomitting," of Medicine Department, GMC, Dr said.

He said Kewade had sprayed a pesticide named 'Hitweed' for 12 hours on his crop with his hand pump before he developed the symptoms.

"Meshram had also sprayed the poisonous 'Hitweed' for two days in row using his hand pump. He also developed severe loose motions and vomiting," Dr Elke said, adding that the condition of Meshram is stable.

When contacted, GMC Dean Dr confirmed the admission of the two farmers.

"I had reported the matter to Rajesh Deshmukh," he said, adding that it was the job of Agriculture department to ensure that farmers take necessary safeguards before spraying pesticides.

Last year, incidents of deaths of farmers due to pesticide poisoning in district had come to light, prompting to order an enquiry.

Although the government had not specified the number of deaths, farm activist and the had said that 18 farmers had died due to pesticide exposure.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 18:55 IST