Pesticide monitoring to move beyond kathamndu

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 2, 2014-

Expanding its monitoring beyond Kathmandu Valley, the government has directed the Ministry of Agricultural Development to set up a mechanism in the next six months to check pesticides content in vegetables and fruits supplied in major cities across the country.

A meeting of the Central Monitoring and Evaluation Committee chaired by Chief Secretary Lila Mani Poudel last week directed the ministry to work towards establishing a monitoring mechanism at regional levels, including the major cities to minimise risks on public health caused by pesticides-laced vegetables and fruits.

The meeting also called for empowering the line agencies and set up laboratories to check pesticides content in the produces supplied in the market.

Kalimati Fruits and Vegetable Market is the only place armed with the testing facility in the country. The Plant Protection Directorate, in coordination with the concerned department, has been conducting day-to-day monitoring of vegetables and fruits brought into the country’s largest wholesale market for the use of harmful pesticides.

During tests, vegetables brought to the Kalimati market from various districts and imported from India were found to have been laced with harmful chemicals, posing threat to public health.

The committee has also directed the Finance Ministry to mobilise adequate resources to set up the testing mechanism, including lab facilities, while asking the Home Ministry to manage appropriate security measures for the purpose. The meeting also discussed the formulation and effective implementation of a working plan on minimising the use of pesticides.

Published: 03-09-2014 09:06

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