Print Edition - 2018-09-20  |  World News Digest

Pesticide ‘linked to Indian farmer deaths

GENEVA

Sep 20, 2018-

The Swiss NGO Public Eye called on Tuesday for an export ban on the pesticide Polo, produced by agriculture giant Syngenta, implicating it in the death of 20 Indian farmers last year. Syngenta, bought by ChemChina for $43 billion in 2017 in China’s largest ever foreign takeover, has rejected the allegations by Public Eye. Last September, officials in the western Indian state of Maharashtra reported that 20 farmers had died and hundreds of others were in hospital after inhaling poisonous pesticides while spraying crops. After visiting the affected Yavatmal region and interviewing farmers and their relatives, Public Eye said there was strong evidence that Polo — specifically its active agent diafenthiuron — was responsible for the poisoning. (Agencies)

Published: 20-09-2018 08:53

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