Govt acts to curb pesticide deaths

ST Correspondent
Monday, 30 July 2018

Safe use of pesticides

Carefully read and follow label directions. Pay special attention to warnings and precautions.
Store pesticides in locked cool, dry and safe storage area out of reach of children.

Always store pesticides in their original containers.

Use protective measures when handling pesticides such as wearing impermeable gloves, long pants, and long-sleeve shirts. Change clothes and wash your hands immediately after applying pesticides.

Never stir pesticides with your hands. Use a stir-stick. 

Indications of poisoning

Extreme weakness and fatigue, skin irritation, burning sensation, excessive sweating, staining.

Eyes itching, burning sensation, watering, difficult or blurred vision, narrowed or widened pupils.

Burning sensation in mouth and throat, excessive salivation, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhoea.

Headaches, dizziness, confusion, restlessness, muscle twitching, fits, unconsciousness.

Cough, chest pain, difficulty with breathing, wheezing.

Pune: Following the deaths of several farmers in Maharashtra due to suspected pesticide poisoning, the state government is conducting surprise checks at several warehouses across the State. 

It has taken action against 17 such warehouses for violating norms of Insecticides Act, 1968, and Insecticides Rules, 1971, which regulate import, registration, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of insecticides. 
According to information given by the district administration office, surprise checks were conducted at 342 locations across the State and it was found that 12.75 metric tonnes of pesticide failed to pass norms. A team of 65 quality control officers conducted the checks from July 12 to July 14, ahead of the Kharif season. 

The move is aimed at providing quality pesticides to the farmers. Officials of the agriculture department have appealed that farmers should inform them about illegal pesticides in the market. In 2017 about 13 cases were registered against pesticide dealers for violating the Insecticide act.

The government had also cancelled registration of 53 pesticide traders and sealed over Rs 14.56 crores worth of pesticide. 

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