News about pesticide suicides
"The heavy use of hazardous chemicals in the long run will ultimately lead to a rise in related ailments and definitely have a strong impact on the economy," A pair of national reform committees on health and society have come down in favor of a total ban on the farm chemicals, paraquat, glyphosa
Pesticide self-poisoning is the second most common method of suicide in Nepal. Globally, out of 800,000 individuals who die from suicide each year, about 15-20 per cent die from pesticide self-poisoning.
On August 8, the Indian government took action to ban 18 highly dangerous (‘hazardous’) pesticides from use in the country. Twelve of these pesticides were banned from that date; six others will be phased out over the next two years.
Centre's partner in Nepal Dr Rakesh Ghimire on pesticide self-poisoning in Nepal. It is a major contributor to the global burden of suicide.
Our article in the Wire India