Desperate to save the standing crop in the face of severe drought, paddy farmers have turned to the animal hormone Oxytocin to salvage the Khariff yield. Oxytocin, which is widely used by farmers in a bid to artificially promote growth in fruits and vegetables, has been banned for use in agriculture and animal husbandry.
According to researchers in Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University here, paddy farmers who have lost a major portion of their standing crop due to prolonged dry spell, are testing their luck by spraying oxytocin in the fields. This is the first time that farmers are using the non-plant hormone with the hope of pumping up the growth process in paddy plants. But health experts warn that this could be catastrophic not only for paddy cultivation but also for people who consume the produce.......................Read more
Source: The Times of India