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Indian state bans endosulfan

The southern Indian state of Karnataka has banned the organochlorine insecticide/acaricide, endosulfan, reports Indian newspaper The Hindu. With the ban, the state can prevent use of the active ingredient for up to 60 days, the newspaper says. The neighbouring state of Kerala was the first to ban the ai in 2006, it adds. The Kerala government has been at odds with the central government over endosulfan use and in October, its Minister of Forests criticised India’s opposition to the listing of the ai on the Stockholm Convention of persistent organic pollutants ( Agrow No 603, p 20). The state imposed use restrictions in 2002 ( Agrow No 408, p 20). The generic pesticide industry association, the Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India, has been lobbying to avoid any use restrictions on the ai.

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