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Indian state bans some pesticides

The southern Indian state of Kerala banned the sale of several pesticides earlier this month and set up a committee to suggest alternatives and draw up revised crop management packages, reports Indian newspaper The Hindu. The banned pesticides include: the insecticides, carbofuran, demeton-S-methyl, monocrotophos, parathion-methyl, phorate, profenofos and triazophos; the fungicides, edifenphos, oxythioquinox and tricylazole; and the herbicides, anilofos, atrazine, paraquat and thiobencarb. The committee has come back with recommendations, which have been approved by the state government, the newspaper says. One of the suggestions was to use carbosulfan, chlorantraniliprole, flubendiamide or quinalphos in place of carbofuran in rice. Kerala has been at the forefront of the campaign to enforce a national ban (see this issue).

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