Ban on Paraquat extended in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has extended the ban imposed on the use of Paraquat in the state for another 30 days.

The state government had banned the manufacturing, sale and use of Paraquat, a highly toxic substance widely used as herbicide, for a period of 60 days in October this year.

The state government had imposed the ban by exercising the power conferred under Section 27 of the Insecticides Act-1968 amid reports of adverse effects of the chemical substance on human health and animals.

The ban imposed on the sale/stock/distribution/ manufacturing/use of Paraquat and its derivatives by the state government will continue for another 30 days in Odisha, said a notification issued by the Agriculture and Farmers Empowerment department today.

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