Chandigarh, February 1: The sale of Endosulfan and 19 other insecticides has been banned in Punjab as it is reported to be harmful to human beings as well as from the environmental sustainability and economic viability aspects.
Notably, the Punjab Government led by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Wednesday banned the sale of Endosulfan and 19 other insecticides in the state as it has harmful effects on mankind and environment. The ban has come into effect from 1st February 2018.
Acting tough on the recommendations of the Registration Committee, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and the Punjab State Farmers Commission (PSFC), the chief minister, who also holds the agriculture portfolio, gave his nod to the ban. CM Captain Amarinder Singh also making it clear that no laxity would be tolerated in this regard and directed to implement the ban meticulously and stringently.
After the directives of Chief Minister, the agriculture department immediately issued detailed guidelines on the regulation of the sale of insecticides in the state. However, the agriculture department has also been asked to review the licenses given for these insecticides and also not to issue a fresh license for these insecticides from February 1.
According to the directives issued by the agriculture department, the following insecticides will be banned from today onwards are Phosphamidon, Tricholorofon, Benfuracarb, Dicofol, Methomyl, Thiophanate Methyl, Endosulfan, Bifenthrin, Carbosulfan, Chlorfenapyr, Dazomet, Diflubenzuron, Fenitrothion, Metaldehyde, Kasugamycin, Ethofenprox (Etofenprox), Phorate, Triazophos, Alachior and Monocrotophos.
Meanwhile, Chandigarh based think tank Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) has welcomed the Punjab government decision to ban the sale of 20 pesticides and urged the Centre to follow suit.
With an aim to safeguard human beings as well as from the environmental sustainability and economic viability aspects, the Punjab government has banned the sale of Endosulfan and 19 other insecticides on Wednesday. Chandra Bhushan, Deputy Director General of the CSE said that the pesticides banned in Punjab have been categorized by WHO as "extremely hazardous" and "highly hazardous" and many of them are banned in several countries.