Karnataka to re-impose ban on endosulfan

April 30th, 2011 - 6:58 pm ICT by IANS  

Belgaum (Karnataka), April 30 (IANS) Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa Saturday said the government will re-impose within two days the ban on use of pesticide Endosulfan in the state.

“We will promulgate an ordinance within two days to ban endosulfan’s use in the state as it is harmful to health of the people,” Yeddyurappa told reporters in this north Karnataka town, about 500 kms from Bangalore.

Karnataka had Feb 17 banned Endosulfan use for 60 days. The state has been demanding a nation-wide ban.

Endosulfan has been extensively used in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada and Udupi districts on the west coast to protect cashew crop from diseases.

While imposing the 60-day ban Feb 17, the Karnataka cabinet had said that aerial spraying of the insecticide had resulted in various health problems such as children suffering physical deformities and mental retardation, skin cancer and epilepsy.

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