New Bill on Pesticides Management: Cabinet

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New Delhi, Apr 24 (UNI) The government today decided to replace the Insecticides Act 1968 by introducing and passing in Parliament the Pesticides Management Bill 2008 for improving the quality of pesticides available to farmers and production of new, safe and efficacious pesticides.

The proposed Bill, approved by the Cabinet, is also aimed at better regulation of import, manufacture, export, sale, transport, distribution and use of pesticides to prevent the risk to people, animals and the environment.

It would help detailed categorisation of offences and punishments for greater deterrence to violators and delicensing of retail sale of household insecticides, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters.

The move would also facilitate timely disposal of time-barred pesticides in an environmentally safe manner.

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