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THE NPM NETWORK

The Non-Pesticidal Management Network (NPMN) was started by a group CSOs to promote ‘pesticide-free’ sustainable agriculture at the grassroots and to establish pesticide-free foods as a ‘category’ in the local, regional and national markets.​

The NPM Network was reorganized in 2018 with the addition of new members. Currently NPM Network has 30 civil society organizations and 32 FPOs as members, which are working with more than 1.5 lakh small and marginal farmers in some of the backward and remote geographies of India. These organizations help the farmers to adopt contextually relevant NPM approach to grow their crops without using synthetic chemical pesticides and GM seeds.

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OUR OBJECTIVES

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Exchange of Learning
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Facilitate exchange of learning among the members

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NPM Protocols
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Develop and promote NPM standards and protocols for labelling and certification of crop production, aggregation, storage, transport and value addition to be adopted by different agencies.

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Build the Capacities
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Build the capacities of Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), SHG Federations, non-profit organizations and grassroots agencies in adopting and establishing NPM farming and food systems.

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NPM Knowledge Base
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To build knowledge base, serve as a resource organisation and create an enabling environment for NPM.

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NPM News

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12 Mar 2021

Hermetic Bags

Postharvest management of agricultural products is a significant challenge in developing countries. Postharvest management, including handling and storage, play a vital role in keeping agricultural commodities safe from deterioration.


Hermetic technologies as an alternative to traditional and chemical control methods have gained significant interest among farmers, the private sector, governments, and development agencies. Hermetic technologies owe

their effectiveness to the airtight conditions created during storage. Biological processes such as respiration and metabolic activities are driven mostly by the presence of insects and other biological activities that lead to the

depletion of oxygen and release carbon dioxide inside hermetic containers

8 Jan 2021

MEXICO ISSUES A DECREE TO PHASE OUT GLYPHOSATE AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED CORN

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador issued a Decree announcing that Mexico will phase out the “use, acquisition, distribution, promotion, and import of the chemical called GLYPHOSATE and the agrochemicals used in our country containing this substance as their active ingredient.”

20 Feb 2021

Pesticide Suicides

Globally, but particularly in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), pesticide ingestion is used as a means of self-harm and poisoning. Epidemiological research during the past 20 years has presented much evidence of the concerns, problems, and solutions, as well as how agricultural pesticide suicides contribute to the global burden of disease.

New research reveals how pesticide-free crop protection yields up to US$ 20 billion/year benefits in Asia-Pacific region

The new research, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, suggests that non-chemical crop protection (or biological control) delivers economic dividends that far surpass those attained through improved “Green Revolution” rice germplasm.

Researchers Developing New Methods to Detect Pesticide Contamination in Bee Hives

With honey bees around the world under threat from toxic pesticide use, researchers are investigating a new way to track environmental contaminants in bee hives. This new product, APIStrip (Adsorb Pesticide In-hive Strip), can be placed into bee hives and act as a passive sampler for pesticide pollution.

Newly published research - Pesticide suicides reduce in India post 2011 ban on endosulfan ; recommends suicide prevention to focus on pesticide bans with simultaneous attention on hanging prevention policies

Highlights

  • There were an estimated 20,146 fewer male suicides and 8418 fewer female suicides by insecticide poisoning following the national endosulfan ban.

  • An estimated 92% of male and 60% of female suicides prevented by insecticide poisoning and all other methods were offset to increases in suicides by hanging and other poisoning.