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Swaminathan lauds Endosulfan ban

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Says no more study required to establish health impact of the pesticide



M.S. Swaminathan has urged other States to analyse the risks and benefits of the pesticide.

KOCHI: Agriculture scientist M.S. Swaminathan has complimented the Kerala government for its decision to ban the use of Endosulfan across the State.

Speaking on the sidelines of the sixth Pan-Commonwealth Forum on Open Learning here on Thursday, Dr. Swaminathan said there was no need for any new commission to study the health impact of the use of Endosulfan. He said other States should analyse the risks and benefits of using the pesticide. “But the bottomline of the policy should be the health of the men, women, and children,” he said. Pointing out that the Union government did not want to impose an all-India ban without consulting other States, where Endosulfan is used in large quantities, Dr. Swaminathan recommended the adoption of the ‘pracautionary principle' in this case, as it involved the health of the people. “It's always better to be on the safer side. That is my philosophy, particularly when it involves the health of the people,” he said.

Asked whether the ban on Endosulfan in Kerala alone would achieve the expected results, Dr. Swaminathan said it was feasible. “Kerala farmers are literate people. But I think there is consensus in Kerala (against the use of the pesticide),” he said.

Stating that Endosulfan was an effective pesticide, Dr. Swaminathan said he would not compromise human health. “That is why we should adopt the precautionary principle,” he said.

On Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar's suggestion to introduce organic pesticides, Dr. Swaminathan said he had learnt from media reports that the Minister had suggested so. “You can use other forms like neem, which are much safer,” he said.

Praising Mr. Pawar for his decision to offer Rs.100 crore as assistance for rehabilitating the families affected, Dr. Swaminathan said the Minister had also said that it was for State governments to decide (on banning the pesticide) according to the risks and benefits of Endosulfan.

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