Pesticides are chemicals are made to kill or control pests, insects, weeds, fungi, microbes and rodents. There are many pesticides that have been found to be dangerous to human, animal health and also to the environment. Since pesticides are used in many sectors like agriculture, food industry, forestry etc. they can put the workers engaged in these occupations at risk of severe poisoning or occupational diseases. Hence it is important to know about pesticides that are harmful to both plants and human beings.
Definition of Pesticides according to the Food & Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO):
Pesticide is any substance or a mixture of substances intended for preventing, controlling or destroying any insect or bug, including vectors of human or animal disease, unwanted species of plants or animals causing damage or interfering with the production, processing, storage, transport or marketing of food, agri-commodities, wood & wood products / animal feedstuffs, or substances that may be administered to animals for controlling insects, arachnids in or on their bodies. The term includes substances made for use as a plant growth regulator, defoliant, desiccant or agent for tapering fruit or preventing premature fall & substances applied to crops before or after the harvest to protect the commodity from deterioration during storage & transport.
List of pesticides that are banned, refused registration & restricted in use as on 31.10.2019;
Pesticides Banned for Manufacture, Import & Usage.
Ethyl Mercury Chloride
Methoxy Ethyl Mercury Chloride
Paraquat Dimethyl Sulphate
Pentachloro Nitrobenzene (PCNB)
Phenyl Mercury Acetate
Sodium Methane Arsonate
Trichloro acetic acid (TCA)
Pesticide Formulations Banned for Import, Manufacture & Use
Carbofuron 50% SP
Methomyl 12.5% L
Methomyl 24% formulation
Phosphamidon 85% SL
Pesticide / Pesticide Formulations Banned for Use but Continued to Manufacture for Export
Captafol 80% Powder