• PAN India support listing of 5 pesticides in Anex III of Rotterdam Convention

    PAN India support listing of 5 pesticides in Anex III of Rotterdam Convention Blog | 29th April 2017 PAN India support listing of all the five dangerous pesticides in the Annex III of Rotterdam Convention. The Prior Informed Consent (PIC) procedure of the Rotterdam Convention is a means for formally obtaining and disseminating information that was agreed by governments so that decisions can be made based on scientific information that are reviewed by a technical committee. Listing in the PIC list ensures information flow and is not a ban or restriction. The Convention promotes shared responsibility between exporting and importing countries in protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of such chemicals and provides for the exchange of information about potentially hazardous chemicals that may be exported and imported. All five pesticides proposed for listing into the PIC list are registered for use in India (Ref.: Insecticides/Pesticides Registered under section 9(3) of the Insecticides Act, 1968 for use in the Country, as on 30th October, 2016). They are the following: 1. Fenthion, 2.Trichlorfon, 3. Paraquat dichloride, 4. Carbofuran, and 5. Carbosulfan (Refer table no. 1 given below to learn more on toxicological information, approved use in India and international regulatory status of these pesticides). Approved use of pesticides obtained from CIB&RC website shows two formulations of Fenthion, three formulations each of Trichlorfon and Carbosulfan, and one formulation each of paraquat dichloride and carbofuran are approved for use in India. Research and documentation over the past couple of years revealed that use of pesticides in India is not complying with the national laws as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides management. Safe use of pesticides cannot be expected under this approach. Farmers are not properly informed on the inherent risks of use of pesticides. They are neither trained on how to use pesticides nor on the use of personal protective equipments (PPE). Farmers lack access to PPE, apply pesticides without using recommended PPE and put themselves in danger in various ways. Use of pesticides in the ground is not complying with the national approved use. Farmers are ingrained in using pesticides, ignoring precautions and adopting practices that suit their capacities and resulted in unsafe, indiscriminate and illegal practices while non chemical alternatives are available. Entire chain of commercial pesticide supply is unregulated. These facts necessitate sincere efforts from the government to protect its people and environment. Towards this, we urge the Government of India to support the listing of paraquat and all other four pesticides - Fenthion, Trichlorfon, Carbofuran, Carbosulfan- in the Annex III of the Rotterdam Convention, so as to facilitate the process of sharing information in international trade of such pesticides between parties and non parties to the Convention. Rotterdam Convention is only about prior informed consent. Listing of pesticides and chemicals in this Convention will help in arriving at informed decisions while handling such hazardous pesticides for both parties and non-party countries to the Rotterdam Convention, and thereby contribute to minimization of human and environmental hazards, addressing concerns over risk and hazards as well as achieving Sustainable Development Goals.       Recent Posts Draft Pesticide Management Bill-2017 not comprehensive enough to address issues on pesticides in India END CORPORATE GREED! RIGHTS NOW! Untold Realities of Pesticide Poisonings in Yavatmal District in Maharashtra Chemical leak in Delhi – PAN India urge to establish pesticide free buffer zones around schools PAN Welcomes Listing of Pesticides under the Rotterdam Convention TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Herbicide HHP HHPs Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food Yavatmal poisoning


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  • New report reveals shocking reality of paraquat dichloride retailing on India

    New report reveals shocking reality of paraquat dichloride retailing on India Press Release | 8th April 2017 This report presents kind of practices being pursued in selling paraquat dichloride, a toxic chemical, in India. Data collected from the State of West Bengal shows that practices are casual and basic, violating Indian national laws as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management. This study has noted a range of issues with regard to the retailing of paraquat dichloride in West Bengal. It ranges from selling products not authorised by the manufacturers, absence of mandatory labelling on certain products, recommendations for the use of paraquat on crops not included in the CIB&RC directive, inadequate information on PPE on the label, PPE not given or sold at the retail points and farmers not advised of its requirement, to decanting and selling in refill or empty bottles and plastic carry bags, without labels or instruction leaflets. Additionally, label information is not provided in the local language and there were wide variations in the cost of various brands, raising concerns about quality. Retail sale of paraquat and related practices noted in West Bengal are in violation of the Indian Insecticides Act and Rules as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management. Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee, the Central and State Agriculture Departments, manufacturers and retailers are responsible for enforcement of rules. However, these violations indicate lack of stringent regulation as well as monitoring and gross failure of the current regulatory mechanisms. Illegal practices illustrated in the report reveal gross failure of the Indian pesticide regulatory system to rein in sellers and buyers. In a scenario of lax regulatory system and totally ignorant users, this report recommends immediate ban on the production, import, sale and use of paraquat dichloride in India, and adoption of non-chemical methods of weed management and agro-ecology. Click to get the report               Recent Posts Draft Pesticide Management Bill-2017 not comprehensive enough to address issues on pesticides in India March 15, 2018 END CORPORATE GREED! RIGHTS NOW! December 3, 2017 Untold Realities of Pesticide Poisonings in Yavatmal District in Maharashtra October 28, 2017 Chemical leak in Delhi – PAN India urge to establish pesticide free buffer zones around schools May 11, 2017 PAN Welcomes Listing of Pesticides under the Rotterdam Convention May 6, 2017 TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Herbicide HHP HHPs Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food Yavatmal poisoning


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