Bhubaneswar,Nov 24 (LocalWire): Odisha government has decided to clamp restrictions on the use of Paraquat dichloride and glyphosate pesticidest, two highly hazardous pesticides, across the State.
The hazardous pesticides are having a debilitating effect on farmers’ health, causing cancer, kidney, liver and lung ailments. Demands have been raised often from various quarters to ban the herbicides as there is no known antidote to it yet.
The state agriculture and farmers’ empowerment department has asked the district level authorities of agriculture departments to keep a tab on its sale.
‘We have decided to regulate the sale of Paraquat as a prelude to its complete ban,’ said a senior official.
The agriculture department will launch an awareness drive to sensitize farmers on the pesticide-induced health issues.
Use of Paraquat dichloride and glyphosate will not be encouraged in government demonstration and subsidized sales”, the directorate letter said.
A group of senior resident doctors in government-run Veer Surendra Sai Medical College and Hospital in Burla, Sambalpur district, had protested by going hungry for a day on 13 September.
The resident doctors’ had also petitioned to the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee and had raised the issues of acute and chronic health problems due to paraquat exposure as it claimed 170 human lives in the state in last two years.
A group of lawyers had also called upon Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to clamp ban on the use of paraquat.