• Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning

    Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demand compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Press Release | 31 January 2021 Sri. Navnath Kolapkar, Superintendent Agriculture Officer of Yavatmal district addressing the gathering Participants of this meeting expressed their solidarity with the victims of pesticides in Eluru (Andhra Pradesh), Burla (Odisha) and Arakkonam (Tamilnadu) and in various other places of India. Most of these victims are farmers and farm workers. On the occasion of the third annual general meeting, members of MAPPP met in Yavatmal on 31stJanuary 2021 and deliberated on pesticide related issues and challenges in the Indian agriculture. It was noted at this meeting that globally every year 358 million are being affected by pesticide poisoning, including an estimated 11,000 deaths. In India, too, pesticide poisoning is becoming a serious issue. There is a concern that the new farm laws brought by Government of India, among other aspects, intensifies pesticide usage leading to doubling of pesticide poisoning cases, said Dr. Narasimha Reddy Donthi, Adviser and Policy Expert. Sri. Navnath Kolapkar, Superintendent Agriculture Officer of Yavatmal district, highlighted the need of building resilience with sustainable farming practices to cope up with changing climate and enhance livelihood of farming community. He stressed various efforts taken by the agriculture department to support farming community. Participants of this meeting expressed their solidarity with the victims of pesticides in Eluru (Andhra Pradesh), Burla (Odisha) and Arakkonam (Tamilnadu) and in various other places of India. Most of these victims are farmers and farm workers. Mounting scientific evidence now shows that even low-level exposure to pesticides – way below what is generally considered safe – in the womb and early childhood poses a serious threat to children’s normal growth and health. Impact of pesticides on children can manifest as chronic ill health such as childhood cancers, autism, birth defects, asthma, learning disabilities, etc. Therefore, “it is high time that we protect our children from toxic pesticides. Government and agriculture department has to come up with clear plans to keep away toxic pesticides from agriculture. Along with this, they have to provide assistance to farming community to take up non-chemical farming practices based on agro ecological principle” said, Sri. Dewanand Pawar, Convener of MAPPP. Over the past two years, MAPPP has been engaged in various activities involving different communities such as farmers, workers, students, medical professionals, and lawyers. Primary focus of these activities was to increase awareness on toxicity of pesticides and its impact on community. Further, MAPPP was also instrumental in identifying the victims of 2017 pesticides poisoning incidents who are severely impacted and suffering with continued health issues. MAPPP was part of the effort that resulted in filing a complaint at the Swiss National Contact Point of the Organisation for Economic and Cooperation and Development  (OECD), against Syngenta (a MNC), whose product Polo has been named when several poisoning incidents and death of farmers were reported. This complaint demands that the company refrain from selling its hazardous pesticides to small-scale farmers in India that require Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and for which no antidote is available in case of poisoning. In addition, the company should pay compensation to the 51 victim families for treatment costs and loss of income. Further, MAPPP facilitated three victims of pesticide poisoning to file case in a Swiss Court demanding compensation. This is biggest milestone for MAPPP, because for the first time Indian farming community reached an international platform demanding compensation for the harms caused by a multinational agrochemical company. MAPPP is continuing its effort to secure justice to farming community in Yavatmal. MAPPP is committed to its work to spread awareness on impacts of pesticide on community, especially on children. Pesticides are severely toxic to children than adults. Widespread use of toxic pesticides in agriculture exposes millions of children to harmful effects. Further, MAPPP: Appreciates National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) for maintaining data on pesticide poisonings in India. Further, this meeting wanted NCRB to segregate this poisoning data as per agrochemical involved. Calls upon medical community in India to integrate challenges arising out of inhalational, accidental and chronic pesticide poisoning in their knowledge and practice. Calls upon Maharashtra government in particular and other governments in general to compensate and institute full rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning liberally and with empathy. Urges government of India to bring a farmer-friendly Pesticide Management Bill on an immediate basis, by including liability, price and quality regulation aspects. Welcomes draft Gazette notification issued in May 2020 to ban 27 pesticides and demands final notification of this draft immediately. Opposes the demand of the pesticide industry to reduce GST on pesticide products, as long as price regulation is not made part of pesticide laws.   Recent Posts Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides India Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry

    Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India team Says No to the FAO-CropLife #ToxicAlliance! Hundreds of civil society and Indigenous Peoples organizations call on the UN agency to renounce planned alliance with CropLife International On 19th November,  350 organizations in 63 countries representing hundreds of thousands of farmers, fisherfolk, agricultural workers and other communities, as well as human rights, faith-based, environmental and economic justice institutions, delivered a letter to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu urging him to stop recently-announced plans to deepen collaboration with CropLife International by entering into a formal partnership. CropLife is a global trade association representing the interests of companies that produce and promote pesticides, including highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs). According to the letter, HHPs “are responsible for a wide range of devastating health harms to farmers, agricultural workers and rural families around the world,” and these chemicals have “decimated pollinator populations and are wreaking havoc on biodiversity and fragile ecosystems” as well. “This proposed alliance is deeply inappropriate and directly undermines FAO’s goals of supporting food systems that are healthy, resilient and productive while safeguarding the sustainability of the environment,” says Sarojeni Rengam, Director of Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia Pacific. “CropLife’s purpose, on the other hand, is to advocate for continued use of the pesticides that its members sell. These hazardous and antiquated chemical solutions pose deadly obstacles to the urgently needed transition to innovative, knowledge-intensive ecological approaches to farming.” The letter highlights a recent analysis of industry records that documents that CropLife member companies BASF, Bayer Crop Science, Corteva Agriscience, FMC and Syngenta make more than one-third of their sales income from highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) — the pesticides that are most harmful to human health and the environment. The proportion of HHP sales is even higher in developing countries, the letter says, where safety regulations are often less robust and harms to human health and the environment are greater. “So many of our Yaqui children have died and suffered lifelong disabilities from exposure to toxic pesticides that were banned by the countries that exported them to be used in our territories,” said Mariano Ochoa Millan, former Board member for the International Indian Treaty Council from Rio Yaqui Sonora, Mexico. Millan, who passed away from COVID-19 on August 31, made this statement in response to the July 9, 2020 statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics calling on wealthy nations to halt the practice of exporting banned pesticides. Many of CropLife’s member companies are strong proponents of this practice. Today’s letter was co-sponsored by a broad-based group of global networks and international organizations: Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA), Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL), FIAN International, Friends of the Earth International, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), International Indian Treaty Council (IITC), International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN), International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF), Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, Public Eye and Third World Network. Marcia Ishii, senior scientist at PAN North America, explained the serious implications of the proposed collaboration: “FAO’s decision to initiate a formal partnership with CropLife is bad news for the millions of farmers whose health and livelihoods have been devastated by the highly hazardous pesticides manufactured by CropLife member companies. Unfortunately, since Mr. Qu’s arrival at FAO, the institution appears to be opening up to deeper collaboration with pesticide companies, which are likely to exploit such a relationship for bluewashing,influencing policy development, and enhancing access to global markets.It is no surprise that FAO’s recently appointed Deputy Director General, Beth Bechdol, comes to FAO with a history of close financial ties to Corteva (formerly Dow/DuPont), a Croplife member headquartered in Bechdol’s home state of Indiana, USA.” "We need a strong FAO, independent of the pesticide industry and free from the market interests of global corporations, committed to safe, healthy food and sustainable farming systems for the benefit of all people,” says Susan Haffmans from PAN Germany. “With its commitment to agroecology, FAO has embarked on this sustainable path. The FAO should not jeopardize its successes in agroecology nor its integrity by cooperating with precisely that branch of industry which is responsible for the production of highly hazardous pesticides and whose products contribute to poisoning people and their environment worldwide." An international group of 286 scientists and researchers have also expressed concern about the proposed alliance, delivering a letter to Director-General Qu Dongyu today, urging him not to pursue a formalization of FAO’s collaboration with CropLife. 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  • PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020

    PAN India's Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 6th August 2020 In a gazette notification issued on 14thof May 2020, the Ministry of Agriculture proposed a draft order intended to ban the 27 pesticides and sought comments or suggestions from stakeholders. Recognising that the proposal of banning 27 pesticides is a responsible, welcoming development and timely decision from the Ministry of Agriculture for protecting public health and environmental well being in India, PAN India strongly recommends the Agriculture Ministry to ban all these 27 pesticides without delay. Further PAN India urges the Agriculture Ministry to review all the remaining pesticides registered in India with the same criteria used for assessing the 27 chemicals and come up with stringent regulatory measures, including a possible ban of more hazardous pesticides. Download the Submission here Some of the pesticides proposed for ban are implicated in both occupational and self-poisonings in India. Monocrotophos, quinalphos, chlorpyriphos, acephate and malathion were reported as pesticides responsible for poisoning deaths in India. Therefore banning them is expected to bring down poisoning incidences and ensuring a safe working environment in the country. Further PAN India proposed that, non chemical farming practices needs much more support from the government and farmers needs to be handhold for taking up and extending such farming methods. Support in terms of subsidies, incentives and marketing assistance etc. needs to be enhanced for encouraging farming communities to move forward with non-chemical farming methods focussing on agroecological principles and thus to have fair access in the international market.  Additionally, PAN India recommends the ministry of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare to put in efforts and facilitate encouraging the manufacturers of these toxic pesticides to come up with non toxic pest control products that help boost sustainable, non-chemical farming methods. Download the Submission here Recent Posts Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides India Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate

    PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate 4th October 2020 In its comments submitted on the draft 'Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020', PAN India urged the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India to ban glyphosate (import, production, sales and use) in India, considering its health and environmental effects as well as wide spread illegal use.     Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India submitted its comments on the Draft 'Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020', demanding complete ban of glyphosate in India. Find below the comments submitted to Ministry of Agriculture. Download the submission here   Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001.     Sub.: Comment/Suggestions on the Draft Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020.     Ref. : Gazette Notification, No. 1998, dated 7thJuly 2020; Notification No. S.O. 2268(E), Draft Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020 dated 6thJuly, 2020.   PAN India would like to bring to your notice that glyphosate in its approved use itself is a restricted weedicide in India, that it is approved for weed control only in tea plantations and non crop area accompanying the tea plantation. This fact has been re iterated in anorder issued by the Agriculture Department of West Bengal in 2019 quoting the Secretary of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India, states that glyphosate formulations are ‘registered to be used in Tea Plantation Crop and non plantation area accompanying the Tea crop and any use beyond this is illegal and in violation of the insecticides Act, 1968 and Rules, 1971’. Therefore, all other uses of glyphosate-based herbicides in India are illegal. An Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s report[1] reveals that two formulations of glyphosate, 41% SL and 71% SG are widely used in at least 22 Indian states for several food crops (cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and spices) and non-food crops, which are not the uses approved by the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee. Glyphosate by itself is still toxic, causing a wider range of effects on humans and the environment.Because of the inert ingredients, exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide entails exposure to a wide range of other chemicals as well as the glyphosate, about which little information is available and the full health effects of which have not been established. Glyphosate formulations may contain a number of so-called ‘inert’ ingredients, most of which are not publicly known. It has been reported that many of the inert ingredients and contaminants in glyphosate results in increased toxicity to non-target organisms. The Safety and Hazards data provided in the PubChem database based on Globally Harmonised System Hazard Statements state that glyphosate causes serious eye damage (danger: serious eye damage/eye irritation), may cause respiratory irritation (warning: specific target organ toxicity, single exposure; respiratory tract irritation), may cause drowsiness or dizziness (warning: specific target organ toxicity, single exposure; narcotic effects), very toxic to aquatic life (warning: hazardous to the aquatic environment, acute hazard), and very toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects (warning: hazardous to the aquatic environment, long-term hazard) According to the International Chemical Safety Card, glyphosate exposure can cause cough, redness in skin, redness and pain in eyes, burning sensation in throat, and chest. A PAN International monograph on glyphosate shows numerous research studies pointing to chronic toxic effects of glyphosate other than cancer, such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. Signs and symptoms of exposure include irritation, swelling, tingling, itching or burning of the skin, photo-contact dermatitis, recurrent eczema, blisters, rashes; numbness in the face, swelling of the eye and lid, face, and joints; conjunctivitis, painful eyes, corneal injury, burning eyes, blurred vision, weeping eyes; oral and nasal discomfort, unpleasant taste, tingling and irritation of throat, sore throat; difficulty breathing, cough, coughing of blood, inflammation of lungs; nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, diarrhoea, weakness; rapid heartbeat, palpitations, raised blood pressure, dizziness, chest pains. Numerous occupational exposures and self poisoning with death have been reported for glyphosate. The topic of association between glyphosate and cancer became subject-burning discussion globally after the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as probably carcinogenic to humans in 2015. Though the EU’s comprehensive scientific assessment presents a different view and says ‘glyphosate is unlikely to pose a carcinogenic hazard to humans’, the European Commission brought in restrictions for its use in 2016. While there are diverse views on the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate from various global regulatory and health institutions, a 2019 report titled ‘Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate’ from the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services is in view of supporting the findings of IARC that there are links between glyphosate and cancer. TheASTDR, 2019 report also shows that gastrointestinal effect, developmental effects, endocrine/hormonal effects, body eight effects, renal effects, hepatic effects, haematological effects, and reproductive effects are the various toxicity effects of glyphosate identified in animal studies. According to the World Health Organisation classification of pesticides based on acute toxicity, glyphosate belongs to Class-III Slightly Hazardous category. However, according to Pesticide Action Network International’s list of Highly Hazardous Pesticides, glyphosate is a highly hazardous pesticide, considering it health and environmental effects. Glyphosate is a wide spread environmental pollutant in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.  It pollutes water and soil and results in degraded soil quality. Glyphosate is toxic to soil microorganisms. Decreased earthworm and microbial population, as well as reduced soil dehydrogenase activity, are reported in scientific literature. PAN international fact sheet also reported weed resistance to glyphosate was reported in 35 species of weeds from 27 countries. Glyphosate has been banned or severely restricted in more than 35 countries,  of them are Srilanka, Netherlands, France, Colombia, Canada, Israel, and Argentina. Allowing continued use of  glyphosate in India would contribute to wide spread use of illegal herbicide tolerant crops, which would endanger the agroecological nature of Indian farms. As illegal HT cotton has invaded many of the cottonseed markets and supply chains in India, farmers themselves may not be able to identify HT and non-HT varieties, and therefore, application of glyphosate on non-HT cotton leading to crop destruction could be a disaster. As glyphosate is not approved for cotton in India and considering its huge use and anticipating public health and environmental issues, some states such as Maharashtra, Telangana, Punjab, and Andhra Pradesh tried to temporarily restrict its usage but ended up with little effectiveness. The State of Kerala brought stringent restrictions and/or cancellation of licenses for glyphosate bases herbicides in their jurisdiction considering indiscriminate use as well as health and environmental concerns. The regulation allowing use of glyphosate through Pest Control Operators as put for the by the Draft Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020, would be disastrous as the presence of such pest control operators is almost non existent in agriculture sector in India. Moreover, as any such regulations would actually contribute to black marketing and illegal trade of glyphosate-based herbicides in India, which will in turn endanger health and environmental well being for Indian citizens as well as India’s rich biodiversity. Hence, PAN India urge the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to completely ban glyphosate (import, production, sales and use) in India, considering its health and environmental effects and wide spread illegal use. Further, we urge the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to initiate legal/prosecution actions against the responsible institution, agencies and industry for illegally recommending glyphosate for weed control in crops/farm violating the national approved use. Additionally, PAN India recommends the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare to put in efforts and facilitate encouraging the manufacturers of glyphosate based weedicides to come up with non toxic weed management products that help boost sustainable, non-chemical farming methods. End Note: [1]Choudhury PP, Singh R, Ghosh D and Sharma AR. 2016. Herbicide Use in Indian Agriculture. ICAR - Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, 110 p. Download the submission here New study finds that glyphosate based herbicdes are used illegally in several of food and non food crops across India. 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  • Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’

    Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ Press Release| 16th October 2020     The pesticide watch group organisations Pesticide Action Network India and PAN Asia Pacific released a report titled ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’, in a webinar titled Elimination of the Uncultivated Greens: Glyphosate Usage in India'conducted today. Ms. Sarojeni Rengan, executive director of PAN AP released the report. Ms. Rengam spoke about corporate accountability and the global campaign to ban glyphosate and stressed that multinational companies always do untruthful marketing of highly hazardous pesticides, harming farming community. Presenting the report, Dileep Kumar A. D., assistant director of PAN India and author of the report said that ‘this report reveals the ground reality of glyphosate use in India based on field survey in seven Indian States. Glyphosate use is happening in India violating the national regulations as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management’. He also that Glyphosate formulations are ‘registered to be used in Tea Plantation Crop and non-plantation area accompanying the Tea crop and any use beyond this is illegal and in violation of the insecticides Act, 1968 and Rules, 1971. Ironically, this field study has noted at least 20 non-approved uses of Glyphosate with 16 of them on food crops.  About 77 % of farmers and 41 % of workers reported use of glyphosate in weed control for several crops, all of them are non-approved uses for this herbicide in India’, he added. Ms. Meena Menon, a well know journalist and a panellist in the webinar pointed out regulatory issues in India that large areas are planted with illegal herbicide tolerant crops, mainly cotton and which demand use of toxic weedicides such as glyphosate, and companies involved in producing and marketing illegal cotton seeds are not been booked by the government. Ms. Eka Widayati, Regional Education Officer of International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) Asia/Pacific, did a presentation in the webinar on ‘defending workers right against glyphosate. The profession of agriculture workers is having greater risks of exposing to glyphosate making their life miserable. Hence, non-chemical weed management has to be followed rather than using toxic chemicals such as glyphosate. Dr. Shankar Ramchandani, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, VSS Institute of Medical Science and Research, Burla, Sambalpur, Odisha shared his experience of managing patients poisoned by glyphosate, and he mentioned that its really difficult to medically manage the conditions of glyphosate poisoned patients as glyphosate induces severe complications such as renal failure. In the light of mounting evidence on the unacceptable health and environmental outcomes of glyphosate, the ground reality of its use in India is seen as an ‘anarchic’ scenario.  This would have undesirable impacts on soil health, farm productivity, food safety, agriculture trade, public health, as well as environmental wellbeing in the country. Dr. Narasimha Reddy, who moderated the webinar noted that the report State of Glyphosate use in India would serve as tool for advocacy and can also be used by government agencies and policy makers to have informed policy decisions to protect people. He also said agricultural scientists, Doctors and Bureaucrats need to be made aware of Glyphosate and its toxicity impacts. Jayakumar C., Director of PAN India, Usha Soolapani from Thanal, Dr. Shankar Ramchandani from Burla Odisha, Jacob Nellithanam, Sridhar Radhakrishnan from Save our Rice Campaign and Dr. Ashwani Mahajan from Swadeshi Jagran Manch joined discussion in the webinar, highlighting the need of urgently banning glyphosate in India. 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  • State of Glyphosate Use in India

    'State of Glyphosate Use in India' Report Released PAN India releases the report 'State of Glyphosate Use in India' in a webinar titled 'Elimination of the Uncultivated Greens: Glyphosate Usage in India' organised today, 16th October 2020   Report in Brief   This report reveals the ground reality of glyphosate use in India based on field survey in seven Indian States. This study presents the fact that glyphosate use is happening in India violating the national regulations as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management. An order issued by the West Bengal Agriculture Department in 2019, quoting the Secretary of Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare, Government of India states that glyphosate formulations are ‘registered to be used in Tea Plantation Crop and non plantation area accompanying the Tea crop and any use beyond this is illegal and in violation of the insecticides Act, 1968 and Rules, 1971’. Ironically, this field study has noted at least 20 non-approved uses with 16 of them in food crops.  In the light of mounting evidences on the unacceptable health and environmental outcomes of glyphosate, the ground reality of its use in India is seen as an ‘anarchic’ scenario.  This would have undesirable impacts on soil health, farm productivity, food safety, agriculture trade, public health, as well as environmental wellbeing in the country. The scenario of glyphosate use thus necessitates the urgent need of eliminating it from India. Click here to Download the Report   HIGHLIGHT OF THE REPORT Glyphosate based herbicides are registered and approved in India for weed control in tea gardens and their non-crop areas. However, this study reports glyphosate use for weed control in more than 20 crop fields (16 of them are food crops) as well as non-crop areas. Statistical data on pesticides in India shows that glyphosate stands at the second position in production and consumption among herbicides, following 2,4-D. The data for production and consumption shows a huge difference and little information is available on its export. Six Indian states have brought in stringent restrictions or temporary bans or cancellation of licenses for glyphosate-based herbicides in their jurisdiction, considering indiscriminate use as well as health and environmental concerns. The field study conducted in seven states reports use of 24 different brands of three formulations based on glyphosate. Glyphosate-based herbicide products are also sold in areas where the crop for which it has been approved is not grown. About 77 % of farmers and 41 % of workers reported use of glyphosate in weed control for several crops, all of them are non-approved uses for this herbicide in India. The majority of farmers and workers interviewed in the study did not have training on glyphosate application, safety precautions, and use of PPE. None of the farmers or workers interviewed reported use of recommended PPE while working with glyphosate or working in fields sprayed with glyphosate; rather some of them reported use of a cloth, hat, mask, glove, goggles of poor quality as safety measures. Recommended PPE were not being sold in pesticide retail points where the field study was conducted. Product label analysis for glyphosate reveals the following: application dosage was not given, proper information on use of PPE was not given, direction on proper disposal of containers was lacking, minimum precautionary statement information, and instruction leaflet was not attached to containers. A number of practices that could lead to exposure to glyphosate were noted, including storage in house premises, working without adequate safety requirements, washing of spray equipments near to drinking and household use water sources, reuse of glyphosate containers for household purposes, etc. Exposure to glyphosate was reported by a considerable percent of respondents due to spillage and wind drift. Burning sensation, eye irritation, nausea, vomiting, dysentery, headache, fever, skin fissures, increased heart rate, eye irritation, urinary infections, body pain, general weakness are the ill effects reported in this study by 15 % of farmers and  63% of workers. The unintended use of glyphosate reported in this study raises serious concerns over residues in food commodities, food safety, agriculture trade, and environmental contamination, as well as the consequent short and long-term health and environmental impacts. Monitoring of pesticide residues in India does not analyze for glyphosate residues in agriculture produce, hence the level and extend of contamination in food commodities remains unknown. 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  • Webinar on Elimination of the Uncultivated Greens: Glyphosate Usage in India

    Webinar on 'Elimination of the Uncultivated Greens: Glyphosate Usage in India' Invitation| 12th October 2020   A Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India free webinar October 16th | 11:00 am India Standard Time Register Here Modern development has juxtaposed the existence of nature, between wanted and unwanted, cultivated and uncultivated. Glyphosate has become a tool to settle this. But it did not become a tool straightaway. It came riding on the back of illegal HT Bt cotton seeds. Glyphosate has become a combination product with herbicide-tolerant seeds. This mutually dependent, non-exclusive use has made this product a money-spinner for the industry. This herbicide’s impact has been suppressed in the country of its origin, i.e, US, and never assessed completely in other countries. Glyphosate is one agrochemical that has been the focus of discussions and policy discourse worldwide, for a variety of reasons. But not much is known about it in India. Documented information is very low. A PAN International monographon glyphosate shows numerous research studies pointing to chronic toxic effects of glyphosate other than cancer, such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. Signs and symptoms of exposure include irritation, swelling, tingling, itching or burning of the skin, photo-contact dermatitis, recurrent eczema, blisters, rashes; numbness in the face, swelling of the eye and lid, face, and joints; conjunctivitis, painful eyes, corneal injury, burning eyes, blurred vision, weeping eyes; oral and nasal discomfort, unpleasant taste, tingling and irritation of throat, sore throat; difficulty breathing, cough, coughing of blood, inflammation of lungs; nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, diarrhoea, weakness; rapid heartbeat, palpitations, raised blood pressure, dizziness, chest pains. Numerous occupational exposures and self poisoning with death have been reported for glyphosate. Release of PAN India report 'State of Glyphosate Use in India' Studies in India are rare to find. PAN India undertook a small study, basically to map the issues related to its usage in the agricultural fields. The report titled ‘State of Glyphosate use in India’ presents the fact that glyphosate is used for at least 20 non-approved crops with 16 of them in food crops, while it was approved for weed control in tea plantation and non cropped area accompanying tea crop.  Thus glyphosate use is happening in India violating the national regulations as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management. It is becoming apparent that in general pesticide use, particularly herbicides, throughout India, has intensified both in small-scale farms as well as small and large commercialized productions in irrigated systems. Interestingly, Glyphosate usage spread faster, wider and deeper, in the last 5 to 6 years. Currently, Glyphosate stands at second position in production and consumption among herbicides in India. This was achieved despite regulatory restrictions. Glyphosate formulations are registered to be used only in tea plantation crop and non-plantation area accompanying the tea crop. An Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s report reveals that two formulations of glyphosate, 41% SL and 71% SG are widely used in at least 22 Indian states for several food crops (cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and spices) and non-food crops, which are not the uses approved by the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee. At least six state governments had attempted stringent regulation and/or a temporary ban of glyphosate-based herbicides in their jurisdiction in the past years over concerns of health and environmental issues. In July 2020, government of India notified a draft order ‘Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020’. To discuss all this and more, a webinar is organized to create awareness on actual use scenario of glyphosate in India. Platform: Zoom, Participation Through Registration Date: 16thOctober 2020 Time: 11.00 AM IST Moderated by: Dr. Narasimha Reddy, Honorary Director PAN India Speakers: Mr. Dileep Kumar A. D. (Assistant Director, PAN India) Ms. Eka Widayat (Regional Education Officer, IUF Asia/Pacific) Ms. Meena Menon (Freelance Journalist, and Former Bureau Chief, The Hindu) Ms. Sarojeni Rengam (Executive Director, PAN Asia Pacific) Dr. Dr. Ashwani Mahajan, (National Co-Convener of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch Other experts will also join for discussion Join us Freely Register via Zoom : Click here We hope to see you there! For further information, contact:  info@pan-India.org   Recent Posts Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides India Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • PR_ Marathi_यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे.

    यवतमाळ विषबाधा: सिंजेंटाचे कीटकनाशक जास्त प्रमाणात गुंतलेले आहे. पब्लिक आय, ईसीसीएचआर, पॅन इंडिया आणि पॅन एपी कडून प्रेस रिलीझ : 18.09.2020 फोटोः दिलीप कुमार, पान इंडियाअधिक लोक प्रभावित, आरोग्यास अधिक गंभीर नुकसान: भारतातील यवतमाळ जिल्ह्यात सिंजेंटाच्या “पोलो” या किटकानाशमुळे विषबाधा झाल्याच्या घटना पूर्वीपेक्षा बऱ्याच मोठ्या प्रमाणात घडल्या. हे केवळ नोंदणीकृत केलेल्या कागदपत्रांद्वारे दर्शविले गेले आहे, तरीही बासेल येथे स्थित असलेली कृषी-रसायन कंपनी अजूनही अत्यंत विषारी उत्पादन भारतात विकते. याचा परिणाम म्हणून, आज प्रभावित ५१ कुटुंबे स्वीस ओईसीडी नॅशनल कॉन्टॅक्ट पॉईंट वर विशिष्ट उदाहरण दाखल करीत आहेत. हिवाळी हंगाम २०१७ मध्ये, मध्य भारतातील यवतमाळ प्रदेशातील शेकडो कापूस उत्पादकांना कीटकनाशकांद्वारे तीव्र विषबाधा झाली. पॅन इंडिया आणि पब्लिक आय यांनी दिलेल्या अहवालांमध्ये संदर्भ आणि त्याचे परिणाम यांचे दस्तऐवजीकरण केले गेले. सिंजेंटाने या घटनेच्या आरोग्य व आर्थिक दुष्परिणामांची कोणतीही जबाबदारी स्पष्टपणे नाकारली आणि असा दावा केला की पोलो * विषबाधा प्रकरणात सामील असल्याचा कोणताही “पुरावा नाही”. जगातील सर्वात मोठ्या कीटकनाशकाच्या उत्पादकांनी अगदी स्विस नॅशनल टीव्हीद्वारे तयार केलेल्या आणि प्रसारित केलेल्या यवतमाळच्या माहितीपटांवर अधिकृतपणे आक्षेप घेतला. आमच्या भागीदार संस्थांकडून प्राप्त अधिकृत कागदपत्रे आता या दुर्घटनेचे आणि त्याच्या चालू असलेल्या घोटाळ्यामध्ये पोलोने बजावलेल्या महत्त्वपूर्ण भूमिकेचे प्रदर्शन करतात, आणि कागदपत्रांनुसार, पोलिसांनी सिंजेंटाच्या कीटकनाशकाशी संबंधित विषबाधेची ९६ प्रकरणे नोंदविली, त्यापैकी दोन मृत्यूमुखी पडले. या तथ्यांच्या आणि पुढील संशोधनाच्या आधारे, लोकल महाराष्ट्र असोशिएशन ऑफ पेस्टीसाईड पॉइझनड परसन्स (एमएपीपीपी) ने पेस्टिसाइड नेटवर्क इंडिया (पॅन इंडिया) आणि एशिया पॅसिफिक (पॅन एपी), युरोपियन कॉन्स्टिट्यूशनल अँड ह्युमन राईट्स (ईसीसीआरआर) आणि पब्लिक आय यांनी एकत्रितपणे ५१ शेतकरी कुटुंबांचे दस्ताऐवजीकरण केले. पोलो फवारणीनंतर त्यांच्यात गंभीर लक्षणे दिसले असा विषबाधा पासून वाचलेल्यांचा अहवाल आहे. ५१ बळी पडलेल्यांपैकी ४४, त्यापैकी बहुतेक जाणंना रुग्णालयात दाखल करण्यात आले होते, त्यांना तात्पुरते अंधत्व आले आणि १६ लोक अनेक दिवस बेशुद्ध होते. मळमळणे, श्वास घेण्यास त्रास होण्यापासून ते मज्जातंतू विकार आणि स्नायूंच्या तक्रारीं पर्यंतची इतर लक्षणे आहेत, त्यातील काही लक्षणे आजही चालू आहेत. परिणामी, लोक बऱ्याचदा काम करण्यास तात्पुरते असमर्थ होत होते, ज्यामुळे त्यांचे आधीच कमी असलेले उत्पन्न कमालीचे कमी झाले. हे प्रकरण मानवी हक्कांच्या उल्लंघनांचे गंभीर उदाहरण आहे, याबाबत स्विस कंपन्या कारणीभूत ठरू शकतात आणि आता जबाबदारी स्वीकारावी की नाही याबाबत कंपन्या निवडू शकतात. जबाबदार व्यवसाय पुढाकार संस्था त्यांच्या जबाबदाऱ्या पार पाडण्यासाठी आणि अशा घटना रोखण्याच्या दिशेने निर्णायक पाऊल आहे. शेवटी परिश्रमपूर्वक प्रयत्नांची आवश्यकता सक्ती करते कि सिंजेंटाला त्याच्या उत्पादनांशी संबंधित असंख्य जोखीम गंभीरपणे घेण्यास भाग पाडले जाईल आणि आणखी एक यवतमाळ होणार नाही याची हमी दिली जाईल. पीडित कुटुंबांच्या मदतीसाठी एमएपीपीपी, पॅन इंडिया, पॅन एपी, ईसीसीएचआर आणि पब्लिक आय यांनी बहुराष्ट्रीय उद्योगांवर ओईसीडी मार्गदर्शक तत्त्वांसाठी नॅशनल कॉन्टॅक्ट पॉंईट (एनसीपी) कडे एक विशिष्ट उदाहरण दाखल केले आहे. एकत्रितपणे ते अशी मागणी करीत आहेत की, सिंजेंटाने भारतातील अल्प भूधारक शेतक-यांना धोकादायक कीटकनाशके विकण्यास टाळावे ज्यांना पर्सनल प्रोटेक्टिव्ह इक्विपमेंट (पीपीई)ची आवश्यकता आहे आणि ज्यासाठी - ज्याप्रमाणे पोलोच्या वापरामुळे- विषबाधा झाल्यास कोणताही उतारा उपलब्ध नाही. याव्यतिरिक्त, कंपनीने ५१ पीडित कुटुंबांना उपचार खर्च आणि उत्पन्न गमावण्यासाठी भरपाई द्यावी. पोलिस कागदपत्रांमध्ये पोलो मूळे दोन मृत्यू झाल्याचे पुरावे उपलब्ध आहेत. हयात नातेवाईक आणि विषबाधा प्रकरणातील तिसरा वाचलेला एक व्यक्ती आणि बासेलमधील एक विशेषज्ञकायदा कंपनीने ने एकत्र येऊन उत्पादनांच्या दायित्वावर आधारित भरपाईसाठी दावा केला आहे, कि कीटकनाशकामध्ये सक्रिय घटकांपैकी एक (डायफेन्थुरान) थेट स्वित्झर्लंडहून आला आहे. बासेल शहरातील कॅन्टोनच्या दिवाणी न्यायालयात (लवाद अधिकार) वकील श्री सिल्व्हिओ रीसेन, श्री थाबाउट मेयर, लॉफर्म स्केडेनान्वल्टे यांनी हा खटला भरलेला आहे. हे कायदेशीर पाऊल ओईसीडी (एनसीपी) स्पेशल इन्स्टन्स शी समांतर परंतु स्वतंत्रपणे घेतले जात आहे, ज्यामध्ये या दोन पक्षांचा सहभाग नाही. कंपनीच्या परदेशी सहाय्यक कंपन्यांनी केलेल्या मानवी हक्कांचे उल्लंघन झाल्यास कंपनीचे मुख्यालयदेखील जबाबदार असण्याची हमी जबाबदार व्यवसाय पुढाकार संस्था देईल. जर स्विस मुख्यालयाने काळजी घेण्यासाठी पुरेसे कर्तव्य केले असते तर हा भंग रोखला गेला असता. विशेषत: भारतात ही पहिलीच वेळ आहे जिथे कीटकनाशक विषबाधा बळी या टप्प्यावर पोहोचले आहेत. अधिक माहितीसाठी संपर्कः देवानंद पवार, संयोजक, एमएपीपीपी, +९१ ९४२३१३१९५९ डॉ. नरसिम्हा रेड्डी, पॅन इंडिया, + ९१ ९०१०२०५७४२ , nreddy.donthi20@gmail.com ऑलिव्हर क्लासन, मीडिया संचालक पब्लिक आय, +४१४४२७७७९०६, oliver.classen@publiceye.ch एनाबेल बर्मेजो, ईसीसीएचआर मीडिया संचालक, +४९३०६९८१९७९७, presse@ecchr.eu *पोलो हे ‘डायफेन्थुरान’ या सक्रिय घटकासह कीटकनाशक आहे जे २००९ मध्ये स्वित्झर्लंडमधील बाजारपेठेतून काढून घेण्यात आले आहे, याची नोंद पीआयसीच्या अधीन असलेल्या रसायनाच्या यादीमध्ये आहे, ज्याचा अर्थ असा आहे की सक्रिय घटक जो पर्यावरण आणि मानवी आरोग्याचे रक्षण करण्यासाठी प्रतिबंधित केला आहे. युरोपियन केमिकल्स एजन्सी (ईसीएचए) ने डायफेन्थुरान ला "श्वास घेताना विषारी" म्हणून वर्गीकृत केले आहे आणि असे म्हटले आहे की "यामुळे दीर्घकाळ किंवा वारंवार संसर्गातून अवयवांचे नुकसान होऊ शकते. Recent Posts Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides India Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • PR Hindi यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं

    यवतमाळ विषाक्तता: सिंजेंटा के कीटनाशक अधिकतम शामिल हैं पब्लिक आई, ईसीसीएचआर, पैन इंडिया और पैन एपी से प्रेस विज्ञप्ति: 18.09.2020 फोटोः दिलीप कुमार, पान इंडियाअधिक लोग प्रभावित, स्वास्थ्य के लिए अधिक गंभीर नुकसान: भारत के यवतमाल जिले में सिंजेंटा के "पोलो" की विषाक्तता पहले से कहीं अधिक है। यह केवल पंजीकृत दस्तावेजों द्वारा इंगित किया गया है, फिर भी बासेल में स्थित कृषि-रासायनिक कंपनी अभी भी भारत में अत्यधिक विषाक्त उत्पाद बेचती है। नतीजतन, आज ५१ प्रभावित परिवार स्विस ओईसीडी नॅशनल कॉन्टॅक्ट पॉईंट पर एक विशेष उदाहरण स्थापित कर रहे हैं। सर्दियों के मौसम २०१७ में, मध्य भारत के यवतमाल क्षेत्र में सैकड़ों कपास उत्पादकों को कीटनाशकों द्वारा गंभीर रूप से विषाक्तता हुई थी। पैन इंडिया और पब्लिक आई की रिपोर्ट ने संदर्भ और इसके निहितार्थ का दस्तावेजीकरण किया। सिंजेंटा ने स्पष्ट रूप से घटना के स्वास्थ्य और आर्थिक परिणामों के लिए किसी भी प्रकार की जिम्मेदारी से इनकार किया, यह दावा करते हुए कि पोलो* जहर मामले में शामिल था ऐसा "कोई सबूत नहीं था"। दुनिया के सबसे बड़े कीटनाशक निर्माता ने भी आधिकारिक तौर पर स्विस नेशनल टीवी द्वारा निर्मित और प्रसारित यवतमाल वृत्तचित्र पर आपत्ति जताई। हमारे सहयोगी संगठनों द्वारा प्राप्त आधिकारिक दस्तावेज अब इस त्रासदी और इसके चल रहे प्रभाव में पोलो द्वारा निभाई गई महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका को प्रदर्शित करते हैं। और दस्तावेजों के अनुसार, पुलिस ने सिंजेंटा के कीटकनशको से संबंधित विषाक्तता के ९६ मामले दर्ज किए, जिनमें से दो की मौत हो गई। तथ्यों और आगे के शोध के आधार पर, लोकल महाराष्ट्र एसोसिएशन ऑफ पेस्टिसाइड पॉइज़न परसन्स (एमएपीपीपी) ने पेस्टिसाइड नेटवर्क इंडिया (पैन इंडिया) और एशिया पैसिफिक (पैन एपी), यूरोपीय संवैधानिक और मानवाधिकार (ईसीसीएचआर) और पब्लिक आय ने संयुक्त रूप से ५१ किसान परिवारों का दस्तावेजीकरण किया। विषाक्तता से बचे लोंगो ने सूचना दी की उन्हमें पोलो छिड़काव के बाद गंभीर लक्षण दिखाई दिए । ५१ पीड़ितों में से ४४, जिनमें से अधिकांश अस्पताल में भर्ती थे, अस्थाई रूप से अंधे हो गए और १६ लोग कई दिनों तक बेहोश रहे। मतली, सांस लेने में कठिनाई से लेकर स्नायविक और मांसपेशियों की शिकायत तक के अन्य लक्षण हैं, जिनमें से कुछ लक्षण आज भी जारी हैं। नतीजतन, लोग अक्सर अस्थायी रूप से काम करने में असमर्थ थे, जिसके कारण उनकी पहले से ही कम आय में भारी कमी आई। यह मामला मानवाधिकार उल्लंघन का एक गंभीर उदाहरण है। स्विस कंपनियां इसके लिए जिम्मेदार हो सकती हैं और कंपनियां अब जिम्मेदारी स्वीकार करे या नाही यह चुन सकती हैं । जिम्मेदार व्यावसायिक पहल संगठन अपनी जिम्मेदारियों को पूरा करने और ऐसी घटनाओं को रोकने के लिए निर्णायक कदम उठा रहे हैं। इस यथोचित परिश्रम के परिणाम से आखिरकार सिंजेंटा को अपने उत्पादों से जुड़े कई जोखिमों को गंभीरता से लेने और यह प्रत्याभूती देने के लिए मजबूर करती है कि और एक यवतमाल नहीं होगा। एमएपीपीपी, पैन इंडिया और पैन एपी, ईसीसीएचआर और पब्लिक आई ने पीड़ितों के परिवारों की मदद के लिए बहुराष्ट्रीय उद्योगों पर ओईसीडी निर्दोशको के लिए नॅशनल कॉन्टॅक्ट पॉंईट (एनसीपी) पर एक विशिष्ट उदाहरण दाखिल किया है। सामूहिक रूप से, वे मांग कर रहे हैं कि सिंजेंटा भारत में छोटे पैमाने के किसानों को खतरनाक कीटनाशक बेचने से परहेज करे, जिन्हें पर्सनल प्रोटेक्टिव इक्विपमेंट (पीपीई) की आवश्यकता है और जिसके लिए - 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  • Webinar on ‘Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides’

    Why India Should #Ban27Pesticides Update| 13th July 2020 A Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India & PAN Asia Pacific webinar July 16 | 11:30 am India Standard Time | 2:00 pm Malaysia/Philippines In May, the Indian government announced that it is moving to ban 27 pesticides that are linked to health and environmental harm. However, the agrochemical industry quickly moved to oppose the ban. The Indian government is set to decide in the coming weeks. In this webinar, various experts will discuss why the banning of these 27 pesticides is doable and necessary: Relevance of the Pesticides Ban - Dr. Narasimha Reddy, Public Policy Expert and Consultant, PAN India. Hazards of 27 Pesticides - Dileep Kumar A. D.  Assistant Director, PAN India. Pesticides Use Practices in India- Dr. Indiradevi P, Rtd. Research Director, Kerala Agriculture University. Agroecological Alternatives- Mr. Anoop Kumar C. P.,  Organic Farming and Horticulture Consultant. Advocacy for a Global Ban on Highly Hazardous Pesticides- Sarojeni Rengam, Executive Director, PAN Asia Pacific. The webinar will also include a film screening of an excerpt of Young & Poisoned, a PANAP documentary on the effects of pesticides on children Join us and help #Ban27Pesticides for a #PesticidesFreeWorld! Register via Zoom, https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJItc-yoqD8pHdeQpTy-oYDPGxONnmAuNRA6 or watch live via the  PANAP Facebook page We hope to see you there! Recent Posts Third Annual General Meeting of MAPPP demands compensation and rehabilitation package for victims of pesticide poisoning Global Outrage at FAO Plans to Partner with Pesticide Industry PAN India’s Comments/Suggestions on the Draft Banning of Insecticides Order 2020 PAN India urge Indian Agriculture Ministry to ban glyphosate Pesticide Watch NGO releases report ‘State of Glyphosate Use in India’ TagsAgroecology AnupamVarma Commitee Report Banned Pesticides BAN Pesticides BRS COPs 2017 Climate Change Corporate Accountability Corporate Libility Delhi gas leack Draft Banning of Pesticides Order 2016 Fact Finding Mission Food Sovereignty Glyphosate Glyphosate ban Herbicide HHP HHPs Highly Hazardous Pesticides India Indian Tea India Pesticide Ban India Pesticide Risk Inhalational Poisonings Maharashtra Association of Pesticide Poisonned Persons MAPPP Non-chemical Alternatives No pesticide Use Day Paraquat Paraquat Retailing India Paraquat Use is India Pesticide Management Bill-2017 Pesticide Menace in Yavatma Pesticide Poisoning Pesticide Poisoning in Yavatmal Pesticide Regulation Phasing out HHPs Plantation Pesticide PMB-2017 Roundup Tea Plantations UN HRC Special Rapporteur on the right to food World Soil Day Yavatmal Yavatmal Declaration Yavatmal poisoning


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  • കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കാനുള്ള തീരുമാനവുമായി കേന്ദ്രസർക്കാർ ശക്തമായി മുന്നോട്ട് പോകണം

    കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കാനുള്ള തീരുമാനവുമായി  കേന്ദ്രസർക്കാർ ശക്തമായി മുന്നോട്ട് പോകണം പത്രക്കുറിപ്പ് | 27.06.2020 ഇന്ത്യൻ കാർഷിക, കർഷകക്ഷേമ മന്ത്രാലയം കീടനാശിനി ഉത്പാദക കമ്പനികളുടെ എതിർപ്പിനെ തുടർന്ന് 27 കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള മെയ് 18 ലെ കരട് ഉത്തരവിൽ ഭേദഗതി വരുത്തിയതിന് ശേഷമാണ് പെസ്റ്റിസൈഡ് ആക്ഷൻ നെറ്റ്‌വർക്ക് ഈ സംയുക്ത പ്രസ്താവന ഇറക്കുന്നത്. 27 കീടനാശിനികളുടെ നിരോധനത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാർ പൊതുതാൽപര്യത്തെ ഉയർത്തിപ്പിടിക്കുമോ അതോ കീടനാശിനി കമ്പനികളുടെ സമ്മർദത്തിന് വഴങ്ങുമോ എന്ന് അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര സമൂഹം ജാഗ്രതയോടെ നിരീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. 27 വിഷ കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കാനുള്ള തീരുമാനവുമായി മുന്നോട്ട് പോകണമെന്നും രാസ കീടനാശിനിവ്യവസായ ലാഭത്തെക്കാൾ ജനങ്ങളുടെ ആരോഗ്യത്തിനും പരിസ്ഥിതിക്കും മുൻഗണന നൽകണമെന്നും ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാരിനോട് പെസ്റ്റിസൈഡ് ആക്ഷൻ നെറ്റ്‌വർക്ക് (പാൻ) ഏഷ്യാ പസഫിക് ഉം, പാൻ ഇന്ത്യയും  അഭ്യർത്ഥിക്കുന്നു. ഇന്ത്യൻ കാർഷിക, കർഷകക്ഷേമ മന്ത്രാലയം കീടനാശിനി ഉത്പാദക കമ്പനികളുടെ എതിർപ്പിനെ തുടർന്ന് 27 കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള മെയ് 18 ലെ കരട് ഉത്തരവിൽ ഭേദഗതി വരുത്തിയതിന് ശേഷമാണ് പെസ്റ്റിസൈഡ് ആക്ഷൻ നെറ്റ്‌വർക്ക് ഈ സംയുക്ത പ്രസ്താവന ഇറക്കുന്നത്. ജൂൺ 10 നു ഇറങ്ങിയ പുതുക്കിയ ഉത്തരവ് പ്രകാരം, കയറ്റുമതി ആവശ്യങ്ങൾക്കായി ഈ കീടനാശിനികൾ നിർമ്മിക്കാൻ സർക്കാർ ഇളവുകൾ നൽകിയിട്ടുണ്ട്. “ഈ രാസവസ്തുക്കൾ പരിസ്ഥിതിക്ക് സുരക്ഷിതമാണെന്ന് തെളിയിക്കുന്ന രേഖകൾ കമ്പനികൾ നൽകിയാൽ” നിരോധന തീരുമാനം  സർക്കാർ പുനരവലോകനം ചെയ്യുമെന്ന് ഒരു ഉദ്യോഗസ്ഥനെ ഉദ്ധരിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് ഒരു വാർത്താ റിപ്പോർട്ടിൽ പറയുന്നു. ഒപ്പം തന്നെ, 27 കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കാനുള്ള കരട് ഉത്തരവിന്മേൽ, നിർദ്ദേശങ്ങളോ ആക്ഷേപങ്ങളോ അറിയിക്കാനുള്ള കാലാവധി 45 ദിവസത്തിൽ നിന്നും 90 ആയി ഉയർത്തിയിട്ടുമുണ്ട്. ഈ 27 കീടനാശിനികളെ നിരോധിക്കാൻ നിർണായക നടപടി സ്വീകരിച്ച ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാരിനെ ഞങ്ങൾ അഭിനന്ദിക്കുന്നു, അവയിൽ പലതും ഇതിനകം മറ്റ് രാജ്യങ്ങളിൽ നിരോധിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. എന്നിരുന്നാലും, സമീപകാല സംഭവവികാസങ്ങൾ കാണിക്കുന്നത്, കരട് നിരോധന  ഉത്തരവ് ലഘൂകരിക്കപ്പെടാൻ പോകുന്ന  പ്രക്രിയയിലാണെന്നാണ്, അല്ലെങ്കിൽ മോശമായരീതിയിൽ , രാസകീടനാശിനി വ്യവസായത്തിന്റെ ലാഭലക്ഷ്യങ്ങളെ മാത്രം കരുതി, മറ്റൊരു കാരണവുമില്ലാതെ നിരോധന തീരുമാനത്തിൽനിന്നും പിന്നോട്ടു പോകുന്നു എന്നാണ്. ഇത് സംഭവിക്കാൻ അനുവദിക്കുകയാണെങ്കിൽ, അത് ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാരിന്റെ സ്വന്തം വിദഗ്ദ്ധ സമിതിയുടെ നിരവധി വർഷത്തെ സ്വതന്ത്ര പഠനം പാഴാക്കുകയും സുരക്ഷിതമായ ബദലുകൾ പ്രോത്സാഹിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിനുള്ള നിരന്തരമായ ശ്രമങ്ങളെ മന്ദീഭവിപ്പിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യും - ഇത് നിലവിലെ ആരോഗ്യ പ്രതിസന്ധിയുടെ പശ്ചാത്തലത്തിൽ മുൻഗണന നൽകേണ്ട വിഷയങ്ങളിൽ ഒന്നാണ്, ” പാൻ ഏഷ്യാ പസഫിക് എക്സിക്യൂട്ടീവ് ഡയറക്ടർ സരോജെനി രെങ്കം പറഞ്ഞു. “ഈ കീടനാശിനികളുടെ നിർമ്മാണവും കയറ്റുമതിയും അനുവദിക്കുന്നത് കീടനാശിനികളുടെ വ്യാപാരത്തിലുള്ള “ഇരട്ടത്താപ്പ്” നെയാണ് തുറന്നു കാണിക്കുന്നത്, അതായത് സ്വന്തം രാജ്യങ്ങളിൽ ഇതിനകം നിരോധിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള കീടനാശിനികൾ മറ്റു രാജ്യങ്ങളിലേക്ക് കയറ്റുമതി ചെയ്യുന്ന സാഹചര്യം. “വികസിത രാജ്യങ്ങളിൽ ഇതിനകം നിരോധിച്ച കീടനാശിനികൾ നിർമ്മിക്കാനും കയറ്റുമതി ചെയ്യാനും അനുവദിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്, ഇത് ഈ വിഷങ്ങളുടെ അനുസ്യൂതമായ ക്രയവിക്രയം  നടത്തുന്നതിലെ  അന്യായമായ ഇരട്ടത്താപ്പ് വെളിപ്പെടുത്തുന്നു. ആഗോള സമൂഹത്തിന്റെ ഭാഗമായി ഉത്തരവാദിത്തമുള്ള അംഗമെന്ന നിലയിൽ ആഗോള പാരിസ്ഥിതിക ആരോഗ്യവും ക്ഷേമവും കണക്കിലെടുത്ത്, വളരെ മോശമായ ഈ ഇരട്ടത്താപ്പ് ഇന്ത്യ ആവർത്തിക്കരുത് ” സരോജെനി രെങ്കം പറഞ്ഞു. ഇന്ത്യൻ കീടനാശിനി കയറ്റുമതി ബംഗ്ലാദേശ്, ശ്രീലങ്ക തുടങ്ങിയ രാജ്യങ്ങളിലേക്ക് പോകുന്നുവെന്നും അവിടെ കീടനാശിനി വിഷബാധ കേസുകൾ  വർധിച്ച തോതിൽ കാണപ്പെടുന്നത്  പാൻ ഏഷ്യാ പസഫിക് സംഘം നിരീക്ഷിച്ചു വരികയുമാണെന്നു അവർ പറഞ്ഞു. 27 കീടനാശിനികളിൽ 22 എണ്ണം പാൻ ഇന്റർനാഷണലിന്റെ ഏറ്റവും അപകടകരമായ കീടനാശിനികളുടെ (highly hazardous pesticides) പട്ടികയിൽ  ഉൾപ്പെടുന്നതാണ്, അല്ലെങ്കിൽ ഏറ്റവും രൂക്ഷമായ വിഷാംശമുള്ളവയോ, ദീർഘകാല ആരോഗ്യ പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങൾ, പരിസ്ഥിതി ആവാസ വ്യവസ്ഥകളിൽ മാരകമായ പ്രത്യാഘാതങ്ങൾ  എന്നിവയ്ക്ക് കരണമാകുന്നതോ ആണ്. കേന്ദ്ര കാർഷിക മന്ത്രാലയത്തിന്റെ കരട് നിരോധന ഉത്തരവിൽ തന്നെ ഈ കീടനാശിനികൾ അർബുദത്തിനു കാരണമാകുന്നു, നാഡീ സംബന്ധമായ ആരോഗ്യപ്രശ്നങ്ങൾക്കു കാരണമാകുന്നു, ഹോർമോൺ സംവിധാനത്തെ തകർക്കുന്നു, പ്രതുല്പാദന-വളർച്ച പ്രക്രിയയെ തകരാറിലാക്കുന്നു എന്നെല്ലാം പ്രതിപാദിച്ചിട്ടുണ്ട്. കൂടാതെ തേനീച്ച, ജലജീവികൾ, പക്ഷികൾ എന്നിവയ്ക്കും മാരകമായ പ്രശ്നനങ്ങൾക്കു ഇവ കാരണമാകുന്നുമുണ്ട്. ഈ കീടനാശിനികളിൽ ചിലത് ഇതിനകം വിവിധ സംസ്ഥാനതല നിരോധനത്തിൽ ഉൾപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ടെന്ന് പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടി. മോണോക്രോടോഫോസ്, അസെഫേറ്റ് എന്നീ രണ്ട് കീടനാശിനികൾ പരുത്തി കർഷകർക്കിടയിൽ ഉയർന്ന തോതിൽ വിഷബാധയുണ്ടായത് കാരണം മഹാരാഷ്ട്രയിൽ നിരോധിച്ചിട്ടുള്ളവയാണ്. ദൂഷ്യഫലങ്ങൾ ഉള്ളതിനാൽ 2,4-ഡി, ബെൻഫുറകാർബ്, ഡൈകോഫോൾ, മെത്തോമൈൽ, മോണോക്രോടോഫോസ് എന്നീ അഞ്ചെണ്ണതിന് പഞ്ചാബ് സർക്കാർ പുതുതായി ലൈസൻസുകൾ നൽകുന്നില്ല എന്ന് തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നു. കേരളത്തിൽ, പൊതുജനാരോഗ്യ പ്രശ്‌നങ്ങൾ കാരണം ഈ കീടനാശിനികളിൽ ചിലത് (മോണോക്രോടോഫോസ്, കാർബോഫുറാൻ, അട്രാസൈൻ എന്നിവ) 2011 മുതൽ നിരോധിച്ചിരിക്കുന്നു. “അടിസ്ഥാനപരമായി, ഇവയുടെ ദൂഷ്യഫലങ്ങൾ സുവ്യക്തമാണ്, നമ്മുടെ കർഷകർ ഇനി ഈ കീടനാശിനികൾ ഉപയോഗിക്കരുത് ”പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ അസിസ്റ്റന്റ് ഡയറക്ടർ ദിലീപ് കുമാർ പറഞ്ഞു. കൂടാതെ, അട്രാസൈൻ, കാർബോഫുറാൻ, ക്ലോറിപൈറിഫോസ്, മാലത്തിയോൺ, മാങ്കോസെബ്, മോണോക്രോടോഫോസ് എന്നീ  ആറു  കീടനാശിനികൾ പാൻ ഏഷ്യാ പസിഫിക് ന്റെ മാനദണ്ഡങ്ങൾ പ്രകാരം  കുട്ടികളെ ഏറ്റവും മാരകമായി ബാധിക്കുന്ന കീടാനാശിനികളുടെ പട്ടികയിൽ ഉപ്പൽപ്പെടുന്നവയാണ്, അവ ജനന വൈകല്യങ്ങൾ, മസ്തിഷ്ക ക്ഷതം, കുറഞ്ഞ ഐക്യു എന്നിവയ്ക്ക് കാരണമാകുന്നു. 2013 ലെ ബീഹാർ ദുരന്തത്തിൽ 23 സ്കൂൾ കുട്ടികൾ കീടനാശിനി കലർന്ന ഭക്ഷണം കഴിച്ച് മരണപ്പെട്ട സംഭവത്തിൽ, മോണോക്രോടോഫോസാണ് കാരണമാണെന്ന് തെളിഞ്ഞിട്ടുണ്ട്. “പാൻ ഇന്ത്യയുടെ വിശകലനം കാണിക്കുന്നത് നിലവിൽ 282 കീടനാശിനികൾ ഇന്ത്യയിൽ രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്തിട്ടുണ്ട് എന്നാണ്. ഇപ്പോൾ നിരോധിക്കാൻ വേണ്ടി തീരുമാനിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള 27 കീടനാശിനികൾ നിലവിൽ രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ള കീടനാശിനികളുടെ പത്തു ശതമാനത്തിൽ താഴെമാത്രമാണ് വരുന്നത്. അതിനാൽ അവ നിരോധിക്കുന്നത് ഭക്ഷ്യസുരക്ഷയെയും കാർഷിക ഉൽപാദനത്തെയും ബാധിക്കില്ല. സർക്കാരിന്റെ വിലയിരുത്തൽ പോലും അവയ്‌ക്കെല്ലാം ബദലുകൾ ലഭ്യമാണ്  എന്നാണ്. ഇന്ത്യയിൽ ഓരോ വിളകളിലെയും പ്രത്യേക കീടരോഗ ബാധയ്ക്കു നിരവധി കീടനാശിനികൾ ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നു, അതിനാൽ അവയിൽ ചിലത് നിരോധിക്കുന്നത് വിളആരോഗ്യ പരിപാലനത്തെ ബാധിക്കുകയില്ല, മറിച്ച് കാർഷിക സമൂഹങ്ങളുടെയും ഉപഭോക്താക്കളുടെയും മേൽ ഭവിക്കുന്ന വിഷഭാരം കുറയ്ക്കുന്നതിന് തീർച്ചയായും സഹായിക്കുകയും ചെയ്യും”കുമാർ കൂട്ടിച്ചേർത്തു. നിരോധനത്തിനായി നിർദ്ദേശിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള പല കീടനാശിനികളും ഇന്ത്യയിലെ തൊഴിലിടങ്ങളിലെ വിഷബാധയ്ക്കും ആത്മഹത്യകളികും ഉൾപ്പെട്ടിട്ടുണ്ടെന്ന് പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ ഡയറക്ടർ ജയകുമാർ ചേലാട്ടൻ പറഞ്ഞു. ഈ കീടനാശിനികൾ നിരോധിക്കുന്നത് രാജ്യത്തുണ്ടാകുന്ന കീടനാശിനി വിഷബാധകൾ ഗണ്യമായി കുറയ്ക്കുന്നതിനും സുരക്ഷിതമായ, വിഷരഹിതമായ കാർഷിക അന്തരീക്ഷം ഉറപ്പാക്കുമെന്നും പ്രതീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. ദോഷഫലങ്ങൾക്കു കാരണമാകുന്ന രാസവിഷ കീടനാശിനികൾ രാജ്യത്തു ഇല്ലാതാക്കുന്നതിനും ഇവയ്ക്ക് പകരം സുരക്ഷിതമായ കാർഷിക രീതികൾ വ്യാപിപ്പിക്കുന്നതിനും സർക്കാരിന് പിന്തുണനല്കാൻ പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ സന്നദ്ധമാണ്. ഈ 27 കീടനാശിനികളെ വിലയിരുത്തുന്നതിന് ഉപയോഗിച്ചിട്ടുള്ള അതേ മാനദണ്ഡങ്ങൾ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് രാജ്യത്ത് ഉപയോഗത്തിനായി രജിസ്റ്റർ ചെയ്തിട്ടുള്ള എല്ലാ കീടനാശിനികളും പരിശോധിച്ച് അവലോകനം ചെയ്യാനും, പൗരന്മാരുടെ ആരോഗ്യവും പരിസ്ഥിതിയും സംരക്ഷിക്കുന്നതിന് കർശന നടപടികളുമായി മുന്നോട്ടു വരാനും കാർഷിക മന്ത്രാലയത്തോട് പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ അഭ്യർത്ഥിക്കുന്നു. കീടനാശിനികളുടെ രജിസ്ട്രേഷൻ, തൊഴിലാളികളുടെയും അന്തിമ ഉപയോക്താക്കളുടെയും സുരക്ഷ, കീടനാശിനി കച്ചവട വ്യാപന രീതികൾ എന്നിവയുമായി ബന്ധപ്പെട്ട നിരവധി കുറവുകൾ നിലവിലെ പതിപ്പിൽ ഉള്ളതിനാൽ നിർദ്ദിഷ്ട കീടനാശിനി മാനേജ്മെന്റ് ബിൽ 2020 ഭേദഗതി ചെയ്യണമെന്നും സർക്കാരിനോട് ആവശ്യപ്പെടുന്നു. “27 കീടനാശിനികളുടെ നിരോധനത്തെ സംബന്ധിച്ച് ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാർ പൊതുതാൽപര്യത്തെ ഉയർത്തിപ്പിടിക്കുമോ അതോ കീടനാശിനി കമ്പനികളുടെ സമ്മർദത്തിന് വഴങ്ങുമോ എന്ന് അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര സമൂഹം ജാഗ്രതയോടെ നിരീക്ഷിക്കുന്നു. രാസ കീടനാശിനി വ്യവസായികളുടെ  സ്വയം സേവിക്കുന്ന, ലാഭേച്ചയിലധിഷ്ഠിതമായ  കച്ചവട താല്പപര്യത്തേയും  അവരുടെ   പ്രസ്താവനകളെയും അർഹിക്കുന്ന രീതിയിൽ നിരാകരിച്ചുകൊണ്ട് കൊണ്ട്,   ഈ വിഷയത്തിൽ അന്തിമ തീരുമാനമെടുക്കുന്നതിൽ   ഇന്ത്യൻ സർക്കാർ അതിന്റെ വിദഗ്ദ്ധസമിതിയുടെ കണ്ടെത്തലുകൾക്കൊപ്പം നിലകൊള്ളുമെന്നും സ്വതന്ത്രവും ശാസ്ത്രീയവുമായ ലോകോത്തരവുമായ തെളിവുകൾക്കും കർഷകരുടെ അനുഭവങ്ങൾക്കും ഒപ്പം നിൽക്കുമെന്നും ഞങ്ങൾക്ക് വലിയ പ്രതീക്ഷയുണ്ട് ”പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ കൺസൾട്ടന്റ് ഡോ. നരസിംഹ റെഡ്ഡി പറഞ്ഞു. ——————— 90-ലധികം രാജ്യങ്ങളിലെ 600 ഓളം സർക്കാരിതര സംഘടനകൾ, സ്ഥാപനങ്ങൾ, വ്യക്തികൾ എന്നിവരുടെ ഒരു പെസ്റ്റിസൈഡ് ആക്ഷൻ നെറ്റ്‌വർക്ക് (PAN). ഉപയോഗം പാരിസ്ഥിതികമായും സാമൂഹികമായും നീതിപൂർവകമായ ബദലുകൾ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് അപകടകരമായ കീടനാശിനികളുടെ ഉപയോഗം ഇല്ലാതാക്കാൻ  പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്നു. മലേഷ്യയിലെ പെനാംഗ് ആസ്ഥാനമായി പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന പാൻ പ്രാദേശിക കേന്ദ്രമാണ് പാൻ ഏഷ്യ പസഫിക് (പനാപ്). ഇന്ത്യയിലെ കേരളം ആസ്ഥാനമായി പ്രവർത്തിക്കുന്ന ഒരു ദേശീയ, ലാഭരഹിത സംഘടനയാണ് പാൻ ഇന്ത്യ. For reference: PAN Asia Pacific- Ms. Sarojeni Rengam, executive director: sarojeni.rengam@panap.net PAN India- A. D. 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