Ban of use and sale of nine agro-chemicals

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  • August 17, 2020
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Ban of use and sale of nine agro-chemicals

Part of: GS Prelims and Mains III – Pollution

  • Punjab government ordered a ban on the sale and use of nine agro-chemicals, after the agriculture department found that these were still being used by farmers though they adversely impacted the quality of rice.
  • The ban is aimed at protecting the paddy quality, which is critical to its export and remunerative pricing in the international market.

Agro-chemicals which are banned include – Acephate, Triazophos, Thiamethoxam, Carbendazim, Tricyclazole, Buprofezin, Carbofuron, Propiconazole and Thiophinate Methyl.

Insecticides Act, 1968

  • It was brought into force with effect from August 1971 
  • The Act regulates the import, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides in order to prevent risk to human beings and animals. 
  • Central Insecticides Board was established under Section 4 of the Act and it works under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare.
  • The board advises the central government and state governments on technical matters arising out of the administration of the act and to carry out the other functions assigned to it.

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