Organic pesticide 'Raksha' comes to the rescue of farmers
Neeleswaram (Kasaragod): Pest menace is a major challenge faced by farmers. An organic solution for this issue has been developed by Dr C. K. Yamini Varma, an associate professor at the Pepper Research Station in Panniyoor. The neem oil-garlic-soap emulsion has been receiving positive responses from farmers every year.
The pesticide named 'Raksha' was already experimented in farms. However, the produce got burnt as farmers were unsure of the amount of pesticide to be used. The low shelf life of the solution also was a drawback. Later, Yamini Varma resolved these issues and developed a better version of the product.
The organic pesticide is available at the Agricultural University centres in Pattambi, Kollam, Panniyoor and Padannakkad. A project based on this also received an award in a webinar organised by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research the other day.