Action being taken against expired pesticide producers beginning from March

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A farmer sprays pesticides on a plantation.

Agricultural Department is taking action for sale of expired pesticides and pesticides without market label starting from March, according to the crop protection branch under the department. Agricultural Department found that market label of some pesticides are different from that upon registration, the market labels are incomplete and pesticides are sold in advance while applying for registration. According to section 31 of the pesticides law, the pesticides are not allowed to be imported from abroad without registration.
“A combined team comprising staff from agricultural department is inspecting the pesticide shops in Tatkon township every month. They are checking that whether the shops are selling the legal fertilizer or pesticides or not, attending the CPA training or not and selling only the registered pesticides or not. There are over 38 pesticide shops in the town. We are sending back the expired pesticides and incomplete market label to the pesticide companies,” said an official from Tatkon agricultural department.
“The agriculture pesticides companies are also allowed to send back the pesticide bottles which do not include registration number, manufacturing and expired dates, labels. Also, the companies have to pay the transportation costs when the shops send those kinds of pesticide bottles. The companies will not be responsible if the shop owners continue to sell such kind of pesticides,” said an official from Golden Key Co.Ltd. The agricultural department is taking action against the owners of the pesticide companies beginning from March if they find the shops selling pesticides under registration process and those without market label.


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