The Ministry of Agriculture ordered the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council’s Pesticide Technical Advisory Committee and the Department of Agricultural Extension to take steps to mark ‘Pesticide is Poison: Its Use is Harmful to Humans,’ in red colour.
The order signed by Ministry of Agriculture’s Input-2 Section assistant secretary AFM Alamgir Kabir was issued on October 10 following a recommendation from the secretary to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on September 13.
The agriculture ministry asked the PTAC executive chairman and chairman as well as the DAE director general to take steps to the effect.
The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change secretary in the letter urged the agriculture secretary that the phrase ‘Pesticide is Poison: Its Use is Harmful to Humans’ should be mandatorily printed in red colour on the top of every bottle, vial, and a packet containing insecticides.
The letter also said that the ministry thought the label on the top of the bottle would help protect biodiversity, environmental balance, social stability in containing indiscriminate use of insecticides and increasing awareness and ensuring safe use of pesticides.
The recommendation from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change came about a month after New Age published a report ‘Petition to label pesticide as poison pending for 9 years’ on August 16.
Joshadhan Pramanik, the founder and coordinator of the Project for Ensuring Food and Shelter for the Birds in Banpara, Natore, first applied to the environment and forest ministry on February 14, 2004, requesting the warning label ‘Pesticide is Poison: Its Use is Harmful to Humans,’ in red colour, on all pesticide bottles, vials, or packets for the safety of the people.
The environment and forest ministry, fisheries and livestock ministry, the agriculture ministry, and the Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council nodded positively to the application before it landed at the Department of Agricultural Extension in 2013.