The outcome of Stockholm Convention to ban endosulfan capping a long-drawn campaign against the pesticide on health grounds may have brought cheers to the opponents but the domestic industry is crying foul suspecting an European link aiming to capture the Indian market.

India and a few other developing countries extracted several exemptions, including a phase out period of 11 years to ban produ

Though a decision has been taken for banning killer pesticide Endosulfan globally, the strong Indian pesticide manufacturers

Exemption for its application against 44 pests in 22 crops
The Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention in Geneva on Friday approved the recommendation for elimination of production and use of endosulfan and its isomers worldwide, subject to certain exemptions.

The decision will not be binding on India unless specifically ratified by the country.

While it is still not ready to ban it in the immediate future, India has decided to agree to a global phase-out of the controversial chemical endosulfan, a common pesticide, over the next 11 years.

The decision to phase out endosulfan is being discussed at the fifth Conference of Parties (CoP) to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants currently going on in Geneva.

India ha

Geneva meet allows India to continue use for 11 years; setback for Left demanding ban

India has agreed to phase out pesticide endosulfan. At the Geneva meet of the Stockholm Convention, currently underway, India

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants is considering a worldwide ban on endosulfan, an insecticide which has been banned by a large number of countries. Many others are phasing out the insecticide. India, which accounts for half the global production of endosulfan, says the decision should be by consensus.

The campaign to ban endosulfan is gaining momentum even as India is striving hard to persuade the ongoing conference of 172 countries to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants to postpone this decision by another year.

Endosulfan is a chemical widely used as an insecticide.

Thiruvananthapuram It is an issue that has got the usually fractious polity in Kerala on one platform. Cutting across party lines, the state

India is seeking a postponement of the decision on a global ban on Endosulfan to the next meeting of the conference of parties to the Stockholm Convention in 2013, according to observers.

C. Jayakumar and Dr.

India is strangely reluctant to ban this pesticide despite mounting evidence of its collateral damage

As the stage is set for the crucial meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP), a global regime to protect human health and the environment from dangerous chemicals, to be held in Geneva from April 25, a showdown between the Centre and Kerala has been underwa