Sunday, January 30, 2011

Maneka wants all states to ban endosulfan

HUBLI: MP and environmentalist Maneka Gandhi has urged the state governments to ban the use of endosulfan to protect soil fertility and crops. Speaking to reporters here at the Hubli airport en route to Haveri on Saturday, she said the use of endosulfan pesticide has proved fatal in many cases. 

"It is causing huge damage to soil fertility and crops, besides severely affecting the health of people who consume crops sprayed with endosulfan," she added. Kerala government has already banned the use of endosulfan, she said, urging the other states to follow suit. This, she said, will protect not only soil fertility, but also the lives of people.


Dubbing the proposed Seeds Bill drafted by the Centre as "anti-farmer Bill", the MP said: "We will strongly protest the implementation of the bill in the upcoming Parliament session in the interest of our farmers." She highlighted the need to change the present agricultural policy to make it more farmer-friendly. "The government should extensively popularize organic farming," the MP said.

The process of certifying organic products should be conducted properly, she said, and urged the Centre to provide marketing facilities to sell organic products in each district of all the states. When asked about the "alleged" rampant corruption in Karnataka, she said Congress has no moral right to question the government as "corruption has become too rampant at the Centre". The land de-notification and other issues have been blown out of proportion by the opposition to bring disrepute to BJP, she claimed. 

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