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Nepal government to set up pesticide testing labs in border checkpoint

KATHMANDU: Nepal government is preparing to establish pesticide testing labs in the customs points at Nepal-Indian border to strictly control the import of pesticide-lashed vegetables.
“We, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, have started the process to set up the high-tech pesticide testing lab at eight customs points at the Nepal-Indian Border. For this, we have requested the Ministry of Finance to release budget of Rs. 280 million,” said Tej Bahadur Subedi, spokesman at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.
Stating that there was no pesticide testing lab at any customs points, he said the customs authorities sent the samples of vegetables and fruits to the nearest locations where there is a lab.
There are seven pesticide testing labs at different places of Nepal, he said.
The government has already set up the pesticide testing labs at Birtamod, Malangawa, Kalimati of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Butwal, Nepalgunj and Attariya.
The government on June 20 implemented the provision of conducting lab tests of vegetables and fruits entering the country from different Nepal-Indian border points to control the import of pesticide-lashed agro products, he said.
“Definitely, it takes one or two days to carry out tests and then issue certificates for customs clearance due to lack of labs inside the customs. But there was no need to be worry about it because all things will be right after we set up labs at all customs points,” he said.
The government has strictly stopped the import of vegetables and fruits without pesticide test as it was a matter of human health, he said.
He said that the government has taken initiative to carry test of agro products at customs because there was a problem to manage the vegetables and fruits which were found to be heavily lashed with pesticides in lab tests at Kalimati.
“Considering the public health, the government will strictly implemented the provision of conducting lab test of all vegetables and fruits, both grown inside the country and imported ones,” he said.

Published Date: Thursday, July 4th, 2019 | 07:21 PM

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