Devise plan to curb harmful effect of pesticides: NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to devise an action plan to curb the harmful effects of pesticides on human health and soil.

A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed the CPCB to evolve an appropriate protocol within four months and circulate it to the agencies concerned.

The directions came after the Ministry of Agriculture informed the tribunal that non-judicious and indiscriminate use of pesticides may adversely affect human health and environment. “It is apprised that the insecticides or pesticides are not to be blamed alone for soil pollution, but there are many other leading causes of soil pollution too. It is further apprised that if the pesticides are used judiciously as per the label claims as approved by the registration committee, they do not pose any risk,” the Ministry had said.

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