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Government of India
Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
26-November-2010 16:58 IST
Fresh Review of the Use of Endosulphan in Agriculture
The National Institute of Occupational Health, Ahmedabad of the Indian Council of Medical Research had conducted a survey and submitted a report titled “Investigation of unusual illnesses allegedly produced by Endosulfan exposure in Padre village of Kasargod District, North Kerala” to the National Human Rights Commission in 2002. The study concluded inter alia that there was significantly higher prevalence of neurobehavioural disorders, congenital malformations in female subjects and abnormalities related to male reproductive system in the study group (Padre village, Enmakaje Panchayat) as compared to the reference group (Miyapavadu village of Meenja Panchayat). There were other reports with varying findings. In view of the lack of consensus amongst various experts on this issue, the Government constituted another committee in 2004 to examine previous reports and to make recommendations regarding future use of Endosulfan. This committee inter alia concluded that use of Endosulfan is not clearly linked to the alleged health problems in Kasargod district of Kerala.

The Government has decided to have a fresh review of use of Endosulfan.

The import, manufacture, sale, transport, distribution and use of pesticides is regulated under the Insecticides Act 1968. Registration of a chemical to be used in agriculture as pesticide is approved by the Registration Committee constituted under section 5 of the Act after verifying efficacy and safety of the product on the basis of data submitted by the applicant on various parameters such as chemistry, toxicity, bio-efficacy and packaging.

This information was given by Prof. K.V. Thomas, Minister of State for Agriculture in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.

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