Activists of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Kannada Savayava Krishi Parivara on Tuesday urged the State Government to completely ban production and use of endosulfan. They staged a demonstration before the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada.

General secretary of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh B.K. Ramesh claimed that residents of 92 villages, more so from Kokkanda Nidle and Patrame, in Dakshina Kannada district were affected by pesticide use. He said village residents had developed vision defects and genetic disorders. India should go for ban on the production and use of endosulfan as is being done in 173 countries, he said.

Activist Sundar Rao said the country has been producing large quantities of endosulfan, which has been causing genetic and other disorders among children and pregnant women who use it extensively. Apart from banning the usage, the Government should create facilities for scanning and for blood check-up in the affected areas. The Government should also start a rehabilitation centre for people who had developed disabilities.

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