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Dubey panel recommendations

By Our Staff Reporter

KASARAGOD DEC. 14. The Dubey committee report was approved by the Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage, Union Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation, at the 233rd meeting of the Registration Committee of the Central Insecticides Board in New Delhi on April 1 last.

The Registration Committee was of the view that the report is comprehensive and the recommendations are realistic. The meeting decided that aerial application of Endosulfan should not be permitted (it should be allowed only during national exigencies after permission of the Board), but the use of Endosulfan may be continued. But it should be ensured that the pesticide should not be used near water bodies.

According to the Mumbai-based Endosulfan Manufactuers Association, the following are the major recommendations of the Dubey committee: no link has been established between the use of Endosulfan in Plantation Corporation Kerala (PCK) plantations and the health problems reported in Padre village. But aerial spraying of pesticides may not be allowed at all in any situations, including in PCK plantations, to ensure full safety. Its application should not be allowed near water bodies. The application of all pesticides, including Endosulfan, should be done in accordance with the regulatory stipulations in force from time to time. Pesticide manufacturers should take necessary steps to educate sellers and users for ensuring correct and safe use of all pesticides.

Since the diseases found in Padre could not be linked to Endosulfan, ``a comprehensive, well-designed and detailed health and epidemiological study should be done in the entire cashew plantation area of Kerala to ascertain the incidence of diseases in Padre vis--vis Kerala and pinpoint the probable factor(s) that are responsible for the alleged health problems in case there is evidence of unusual health problem to investigate into''. (It was agreed at the meeting that the study could be done by the PP Division of the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation. However, it was decided that the current use of Endosulfan may not be linked to this study.)

After considering all the factors and available reports, the committee recommended that the use of Endosulfan be continued as per provisions of the Insecticides Act.

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