Can crops be managed without using chemical pesticides?

When it comes to agriculture we are often faced with a question on whether insects pests can be managed without using chemical pesticides and would farmers be interested and whether we can feed the nation without using pesticides.  This is a mind set created by the industry and industrial model of agriculture which Indian Agricultural Research and Extension System largely believes in.

In Andhra Pradesh we faced with the same question when we brought up the issue of high costs of pesticide use both in terms of economic and ecological costs.  When we started sharing the stories of villages like punukula in Khammam district of Andhra Pradesh (Getting Clean-ecologist) where farmers could stop using the chemical pesticides by adopting Non Pesticidal Management

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