The government has approved the recommendations of the expert committee formed to suggest alternatives to the pesticides banned by it recently.

The government asked Kerala Agricultural University to conduct study on the quality and utility of the alternatives, recommended on an interim basis, and examine whether better alternatives were available.

The expert committee recommended ten pesticides in lieu of carbofuran which is used against certain pests in paddy and other crops. The alternatives for use in paddy include green category pesticides chlorantraniliprole and flubendiamide besides yellow-labelled pesticides such as carbosulfan and quinalphos. These pesticides can also be used as alternative to phorate against specified pests.

Quinalphos, carbaryl and other pesticides have been recommended in lieu of methyl parathion against certain pests. These pesticides could also replace monocrotophos and endosulfan.

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