Pes­ti­cide check

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As­sam to mon­i­tor pes­ti­cides in veg­eta­bles

gov­ern­ment has de­cided to form a reg­u­la­tory body to mon­i­tor pes­ti­cide use in veg­etable cul­ti­va­tion in the state. Cit­ing abuse of pes­ti­cide as a ma­jor health haz­ard, Chief Min­is­ter Tarun Go­goi de­clared steps to reg­u­late its use. The state gov­ern­ment will soon set up lab­o­ra­to­ries in all dis­tricts to test pes­ti­cide con­tents in veg­eta­bles. "A per­mis­si­ble limit will be set, and if pes­ti­cide is found be­yond that level, cul­ti­va­tors will be fined and may also be banned from tak­ing up cul­ti­va­tion ac­tiv­i­ties again," said Go­goi. He said that any mem­ber of the public will be able to file a com­plaint with the reg­u­la­tory body. The reg­u­la­tory body will co­or­di­nate with the dis­trict ad­min­is­tra­tion to su­per­vise farm­ers.

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