Ban toxic farm chemicals
It has now become clear that the Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry plans to ignore all the information and public alarm regarding the impact of extremely toxic farm chemicals, in particular paraquat and chlorpyrifos as well as glyphosate and renew the import licences for those chemicals instead of scrapping them when they expire next year.
In a media interview, a source at the Department of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Ministry said this week there was a possibility the state might not impose a ban but choose "to limit use or impose stricter regulations" on these herbicides.
Such a stance, while upsetting, hardly comes as a surprise to anyone.
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