To examine the objections that are received in response to the draft notification regarding imposing a ban on 27 pesticides, the government has constituted an experts’ panel. Agriculture Minister, Narendra Singh Tomar said that in May 2020, the government had published a draft inviting objections from stakeholders to prohibit the 27 pesticides.
Publication of The Draft Notification
In June 2020, due to the request of the stakeholders, the government had increased the timeline for the submission of objections on the draft order from 45 days to 90 days. The Minister said, “Several objections and suggestions have been received from the stakeholders in response to the draft notification. The department published all the documents in the public domain, based upon which the draft notification was published”. Even the experts’ committee is considering the suggestions taking into consideration all the aspects related to toxicity and efficacy.
Effect of Overuse of Pesticides in Agriculture
The community of microorganisms living in the soil gets degraded by the extensive use of pesticides in agriculture. Pesticides can cause chronic adverse health effects in human beings. Biodiversity is also destructed by the excessive use of pesticides. The overuse of pesticides increases the level of pollution to a huge scale. Mainly, the aquatic systems are affected a lot due to pesticides.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The government must bring in some new policies to ban the overuse of pesticides in agriculture. Excessive use of pesticides not only harms the soil but human beings are also affected.
- India is among the leading producers of pesticides. The 27 pesticides that are listed to get ban are highly hazardous as they have the potential to cause severe health problems. They may harm the environment too. So, the Health Minister must take some new steps to ban these harmful pesticides.