International Journal of Scientific Research and Engineering Development

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Overview on Corporate Social Responsibility of Farm Chemical Companies, Paddy Farmers and Chronic Kidney Disease in Polpithigama, Sri Lanka

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 Published Issue : Volume-3 Issue-5
 Year of Publication : 2020
 Unique Identification Number : IJSRED-V3I5P61
 Authors : Dr.I.P.Wickramasinghe, Dr.W.M.C.R.Wijekoon, V.G.S.C.Ubeysekara
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Abstract :

Introduction: Sri Lankan society as well as in the world that farm chemicals causes a deadly disease called chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology, due to the Rice Farming production is increasing using them. The present societal marketing strategies of farm chemical companies are gradually encroaching the rice farmers and eventually given rise to a concept called corporate social responsibility. Objective: Overview on corporate social responsibility of farm chemical companies, paddy farmers and chronic kidney disease. Methodology: The study Sample was represented by 30 chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology patients of kidney unit of Divisional Hospital, Polpithigama, 5 Rice Farmers, 3 Farm chemical suppliers and 5 Doctors who has selected by random sampling method. Data were collected by using interviewer administered questionnaire and in-depth interview following informed written consent. The study was approved by ethical review committee of north western provincial health department. Statistical analysis was done using Excel worksheets. Results: Male to female ratio was 2:1. Half of the study sample belongs to 45-70 age group. All are using farm chemicals at field. 80% are using drinking water from wells. 60% are not using mouth covers and 90% was not covering full body when chemical spraying. 90% of the study sample washed chemical spraying equipment from common water sources. 60% of them used farm chemicals and selected specific brand after introduced by farm chemical companies. Whole study sample was aware of farm chemicals causing chronic kidney disease. Also 90% of them expected to use them in next term. Conclusion: According to results farm chemical companies follow an unethical way of doing business and also they break their corporate social responsibility towards the society as a whole. But in order to protect the Sri Lankan farmer and the society from such unethical farm chemical companies should promote traditional alternative methods for farm chemicals and implementing a water supply system to those areas and motivating people to consume water taken from those supplies. Should conduct more awareness and sensitization programs for farmers and should implement a participatory national decision making system for agricultural related things where farmers, farm chemical sellers, general public, government agents and farm chemical companies were participated.