Farm panel chief raises concern over sale of banned glyphosate herbicide

-Business Standard

BATHINDA: The Punjab agriculture and farmers welfare department had banned glyphosate herbicide in October 2018, but the chemical is still being sold by an e-commerce company. Taking note of that, Punjab State Farmers and Farm Labourers Commission chairman Ajay Vir Jakhar has tweeted to ask the e-commerce giant Amazon to stop selling glyphosate herbicide in Punjab.

Jakhar tweeted: "Punjab banned sale and use of glyphosate. You sell and deliver glyphosate in Punjab. Would you flout such a law in California or double standards permit disregard of rules in developing nations?"

The state agriculture secretary had issued an order on October 23, 2018, directing the pesticide manufacturers, marketers and dealers in Punjab not to sell all glyphosate formulations or concentrations with immediate effect. The licensing authorities had been directed to take necessary steps for removal of entries for glyphosate from the licenses issued by them.  

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Business Standard, 6 September, 2019, https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/amritsar/farm-panel-chief-raises-concern-over-sale-of-banned-glyphosate-herbicide/articleshow/71004584.cms?utm_source=twi

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