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 (benomyl, carbaryl, diazinon, fenarimol, fenthion, linuron, methoxy ethyl mercury chloride, methyl parathion, sodium cyanide, thiometon, tridemorph and trifluralin) from January 1, 2018 and remaining six (alachlor, dichlorvos, phorate, phosphamidon, triazophos and trichlorfon) from December 31, 2020.
Though these pesticides are banned or restricted in other countries, it continues to be used in India. Some of these pesticides are highly toxic to honey bees and birds. Use of these pesticides also contaminates water bodies and thereby affects aquatic organisms.
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