Pesticide poisoning kills 30 in India

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PV International Desk : India’s second-biggest cotton producing state has stepped up seizures of “unauthorised pesticides” after chemical poisoning killed at least 30 farmers in three months, a government minister told Reuters on Friday.

The western state of Maharashtra is investigating the deaths of the cotton farmers and labourers as a dry spell led to an outbreak of crop-eating bollworm pests that thrive in such weather.

“We have set up a committee to investigate the deaths caused by poisoning,” Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Pandurang Fundkar said in an interview.