Because of convenience and availability, pesticides are common among farming practices. Although there are many concerns with using pesticides, the most alarming concern is the runoff into the wells. There is a significant correlation between water related illnesses and the pesticides that are used on the crops.
Water testing has been conducted in all of the wells. We are implementing educational workshops that teach community members about harmful pesticides and organic farming techniques. Profugo is also using rainwater harvesting tanks to reduce the use of clean drinking water for agriculture.
At Profugo’s Center of Development, Field Staff have implemented composting methods and other organic farming techniques that are free of harmful pesticides.
First and foremost, we hope that the village Prashanthagiri is free of harmful chemicals and pesticides that put community members at risk and do this in a way that doesn’t put Prashanathagiri’s subsistence farmers out of work.