Maharashtra seizes spurious pesticides
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)