TN govt mulling expert panel on endosulfan: Karuna
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 21:54
Chennai: Amid growing demands for banning endosulfan, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Thursday said the state government proposed to form an expert panel to look into the issue.

"Scientific experts hold that due to high temperature in Tamil Nadu, the effects of endosulfan have been minimal.

However, it has been planned to form an expert panel to solicit recommendations on banning the pesticide and make due considerations," he said.

Writing in party mouthpiece 'Murasoli,' he said the pesticide, already banned by neighbouring Kerala for its 'ill-effects' on people, was effective in 'controlling' pests in cotton, corn, chillies, tea leaves and paddy.

He recalled that a recent convention in Geneva had favoured doing away with the pesticide.

He said 81 countries had already banned it and some farmers' associations in the state were also making a similar demand.


First Published: Thursday, May 05, 2011, 21:54

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