China's Hainan province first to ban 55 ais
China’s Hainan province has banned the sale and use of the insecticides, carbosulfan, omethoate and acephate, reports China’s state media outlet, China Daily. The list of prohibited pesticides in the province now numbers 55, more than any other part of the country. Hainan cracked down on “high-toxicity” pesticides last year after traces of the insecticide, isocarbophos, were found on cowpeas grown in the province ( Agrow No 589, p 23). Individuals caught using banned pesticides will be fined between Yuan 2,000 ($314) and Yuan 30,000 ($4,703), while businesses will be fined between Yuan 100,000 ($15,675) and Yuan 200,000 ($31,350). Earlier this year, China's Ministry of Agriculture took measures to prohibit the use of “high-toxicity” pesticides by restricting registration applications for 22 active ingredients, including omethoate, ahead of a nationwide ban for ten of the ais in 2013 ( Agrow No 620, p 20).