India’s Agriculture Minister Anurag Thakur today said the country’s Agriculture Ministry will soon announce that it will ban over 15 pesticides by the end of the year, which the government has been battling with farmers for the last four years.
The pesticides, which include neonicotinoids, are believed to be responsible for the decline in bee populations, which were at a record high of nearly 25 per cent in the last three years.
According to an industry source, the pesticides are being banned under the countrys Food Safety Act, which bans any “pollution of the environment, human health or any other public interest”.
The ministry has said it is working with the National Green Tribunal to bring the ban in line with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines, which require pesticides to be tested and certified by a third party.
A statement by the Ministry said that the ban will help farmers to protect their crops and will also help in the fight against the emergence of pests.
The ministry said that it has already taken several measures to tackle the problems caused by neonic and para-neonic pesticides.
The Ministry said the ban is expected to have a positive impact on the economy of India.
The ministry also said that India will soon have an effective pesticide regulation, which will allow farmers to apply for pesticides at their own expense.
India is the third-largest exporter of pesticides in the world.
The country imports nearly 20,000 tonnes of pesticides per year, and the country exports almost half of this amount.