TN govt mulling expert panel on endosulfan: Karuna

Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 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.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 21:54

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