Cabinet approves tougher pesticide law

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PV Desk : The Cabinet today approved a proposed pesticide law suggesting tougher punitive actions against storing and marketing of adulterated bug killers meant for crop protection.

Officials said the cabinet in its weekly meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair endorsed the “Balai Nashak (pesticide) Act, 2017” that suggested higher amount of fines and longer jail terms marketing, sale, package or storage of adulterated pesticides.

Briefing reporters at Bangladesh Secretariat after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam said the proposed law also suggested tougher punitive actions for false labeling and tagging or advertisement of any tainted pesticide.

“In such cases one could be fined as high as Tk 100,000 and in default could be handed down one year jail term for committing such offences for the first time,” he said.

But, he said, someone found to be repeating the identical offence would have to pay double the amount, Tk 200,000, and languish in jail for two years.

The cabinet secretary said pesticide producers would be fined an amount as high as Tk 50,000 for offering their products to dealers with false declaration that those were produced maintaining the standard prescribed in the law.