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The government has banned the use of pesticides on agricultural land

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Bhubaneswar: The state government has banned the use of highly toxic pesticides. This decision has been taken to prevent the harmful effects of these chemicals on human and animal health.

The ban came into effect immediately, and banned the sale or stock and production use of parakeets across the state. The crackdown will initially be in effect for two months. After getting the scientific opinion of research institutes and other stakeholders. The state government will propose to the Center for a permanent ban on parakeets in Odisha.

The decision to ban parakeets was taken after the chief minister’s office received public feedback on the ‘My Government’ scheme. The Chief Minister’s Office has advised the Department of Agriculture and Farmers’ Empowerment to crack down on parakeets so that no more human lives are lost due to chemical poisoning.

In another important decision, the government has made prescriptions mandatory for scientists of OUAT and agricultural research institutes, including appointed officers of agriculture and related government departments.

This means that farmers will now need a prescription from a designated officer before buying pesticides and agrochemicals.

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