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Odisha Pest attack: Govt Bans 11 Pesticide Companies

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Odisha farmersBhubaneswar: In a major decision, the Government of Odisha today banned as many as 11 pesticide companies from selling their products in the State.

Speaking to media persons, Agriculture Principal Secretary Dr Saurabh Garg said, “We have issued ‘no sale’ notice to as many as 11 pesticide companies following the laboratory test report.”

“Show cause notice has also been sent to those companies,” he added.

The move came after farmers in the state, particularly from Bargarh district, have alleged that the pesticide available in the market had failed to stop the pest attack in the paddy crops during this Kharif season.

As many as nine farmers have ended their lives over crop loss due to pest attack in last few weeks.

According to official sources, a whopping 1.78 lakh hectare of paddy farm in nine districts in western Odisha have been damaged by massive pest attack.