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Timetable for ban on 12 pesticides must be backed up by action plan

THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE announced on Monday that it has drawn up a timetable to ban use of 12 highly toxic pesticides within five years. Legal Daily commented on Thursday:

The timetable to weed out the highly toxic pesticides has finally been disclosed. The production and use of aldicarb, phorate, and isocarbophos will cease at the end next year; endosulfan and methyl bromide by the end of 2019, ethoprop, omethoate, methyl isothiocyanate, and aluminium phosphide by the end of 2020; and chloropicrin, carbofuran, and methomyl by the end of 2022.

However, strict supervision will be needed to ensure the effective execution of the timetable.

Source:China Daily

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