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India bans 18 pesticides

Aug 16, 2018

Based on the findings of Anupam Verma Committee from three years ago, the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers welfare has come out with a Pesticides (Prohibition) Order, 2018, banning 18 pesticides. Of these 18, 12 pesticides have been banned from immediate effect (from August 9, 2018) and ban on another six will be implemented from December 31, 2020. The ban applies to registration, import, manufacture, formulation, transport, sale and use of all these pesticides.

A non-profit had earlier sought ban on 104 pesticides that are banned worldwide but allowed in India. The above mentioned committee then went on to review 66 pesticides of which 18 have been banned now.

Source : Down to Earth