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Maharashtra farmer deaths highlights gross negligence in pesticide management in India

October 20, 2017 07:42 AM


Fatally toxic class I pesticides must be banned at the earliest, says CSE  

  • Death of farmers due to pesticide poisoning in Maharashtra is unfortunate and could have been avoided; points towards complete failure of agriculture departments in managing pesticides 
  • Pesticide poisoning and deaths due to accidental intake of pesticides is a long festering problem in India  
  • The incident highlights the urgent need to fix several long-standing gaps in pesticide management in the country
  • Most urgently, India needs to ban use of class I pesticides which are very toxic; many of these are banned in other countries
  • India needs a new Pesticide Management Bill to stop the unsafe use of toxic pesticides and improve enforcements


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Illegal HT cotton, a 472 crore market, grown in 8.5L hectares

October 20, 2017 07:39 AM


Even as the Maharashtra agriculture minister Pandurang Fundkar has called for a ban on the herbicide tolerant (HT) genetically modified cotton, the Delhi-based South Asia Biotechnology Centre (SABC) has claimed that the illegal market is worth about Rs472 crore. About 35 lakh packets of illegal HT cotton hybrids were sold this kharif season across Telangana, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. The SABC also claimed that 8.5 lakhs hectares, or 7% of the total cotton growing area in the country, is under the illegal HT cultivation.


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India must detoxify its poisoned farmlands

October 20, 2017 07:37 AM


Many of these chemicals have become extremely pervasive in our environment as a result of their widespread repeated use and, in some cases, their environmental persistence


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Pesticides killing sarus crane in Gondia

February 20, 2017 03:23 AM


Nagpur: Lack of awareness among locals and particularly failure of the forest department and district administration to take corrective steps is taking toll on sarus cranes in Gondia-Balaghat districts.


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Excessive pesticide use damaging the flowers

February 19, 2017 11:27 AM


VISAKHAPATNAM: Even though mango orchards in the district are in full bloom, excessive use of fungicides and pesticides by lease holders is proving to be a threat to the flowers.


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January 26, 2017 09:32 AM


India must take stock of the pesticides under use and ensure that they are replaced by less hazardous products and better integrated pest management approaches. It must take a leaf out of the US’ book in checking harmful chemicals.


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Pesticide Use Can Cause Diabetes: Scientists Sound Warning

January 24, 2017 09:39 AM


A team of scientists have found links between use of pesticides and the high prevalence of diabetes in India. They have suggested that view of the high occurrence of diabetes in India, the use of OP (organophosphate) pesticides should be reconsidered. The team - which had been conducting the research in rural areas of South India - suggests that if people are continuously exposed common OP pesticides like Malathion and Chlorpyrifos, they can get diabetes even when they do not have the other risk factors.


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How pesticide got into midday meal, killed 23 Bihar kids

January 23, 2017 09:28 AM


The Bihar Police was put under “tremendous pressure” to establish foul play in the deaths of 23 schoolchildren in the Gandaman primary school midday meal tragedy, but its investigations showed only “criminal negligence” on the part of the school principal, the officer in charge of the probe told The Indian Express.


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Pesticide payout

January 10, 2017 09:26 AM


The Supreme Court today ordered the Kerala government to pay Rs 500 crore within three months to over 5,000 people who lost family members or suffered deformities and other health complications from the use of endosulfan pesticides.


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Centre to ban use of 18 pesticides harmful to humans and animals

January 08, 2017 09:41 AM


NEW DELHI: Acting on advice of an expert committee, the Centre will ban use of 18 pesticides in India as it involves risk to humans and animals. The Union agriculture ministry has issued a draft order, asking manufacturers, importers and state authorities to completely ban 12 of the identified pesticides from January 1, 2018 and remaining six from December 31, 2020.


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