Ma­ha­rash­tra seizes spu­ri­ous pes­ti­cides

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sec­ond-big­gest cot­ton pro­duc­ing state has stepped up seizures of “unau­tho­rised pes­ti­cides” af­ter chem­i­cal poi­son­ing killed at least 30 farm­ers in three months, a gov­ern­ment min­is­ter told Reuters yes­ter­day.

The western state of Ma­ha­rash­tra is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of the cot­ton farm­ers and labour­ers as a dry spell led to an out­break of cro­peat­ing boll­worm pests that thrive in such weather.

“We have set up a com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the deaths caused by poi­son­ing,” Ma­ha­rash­tra Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Pan­durang Fund­kar said in an in­ter­view. (Reuters)

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