KATHMANDU, March 2: While being criticized for delaying the implementation of pesticide testing standards for vegetables imported from India, the government has said that the standards for measuring the quality of all imported and indigenous vegetables are the same.

KATHMANDU, July 20: The number of retailers selling pesticides in Chitwan is rising. As farmers are increasingly relying on the use of pesticides, the number of sellers, too, has grown.

DHADING, Feb 16: Women from Damgade Batase-12, Nilkantha Municipality of Dhading have started group mushroom farming through cooperatives to generate income. The group's first harvest of mushroom has already found buyers in the district.

BANEPA, Sept 23: The Agriculture Knowledge Center based in Dhulikhel has started to collect vegetable samples from Panchkhal and Kerabari areas for surprise test of pesticide levels.

How to be safe from pesticides

July 23, 2019 17:48 pm

It’s not shocking any more to know that tons of vegetable and fruits entering country from the southern border contain deadly pesticides.  Due to the high demand of vegetables, urban areas are much likely to consume such food products. Chemicals used to preserve such vegetable and fruit have direct effects on human health. Hence, health professionals have recommended to not consume such food products.

KATHMANDU, June 17: The Supreme Court on Tuesday continued its July 10 stay order directing the government to conduct pesticides residue test compulsorily on vegetables and fruits imported to Nepal from India and other countries.

An inorganic mess

July 12, 2019 07:54 am

Now all of us in Kathmandu can add one more item to the list of things that could potentially kill us. If the air quality or the killer roads don’t get you, the fruits and vegetables surely will! But we already knew that.

KATHMANDU, July 11: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has said he would look into the matter wherein he was reportedly not informed of the letter from the Indian embassy in relation to pesticide test in Indian imported fruits and vegetables.

KATHMANDU, July 11: The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the decision of the government to take a u-turn on conducting pesticide residue tests on vegetables and fruits imported from India and third countries.

KATHMANDU, July 9: Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Matrika Prasad Yadav has said that the government rolled back its decision to conduct pesticide residue tests on fruits and vegetables imported from India and third countries after it was found that the customs points were ill-equipped and not due to pressure from India as being reported.

KATHMANDU, July 8: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the concerned sides to ensure the access of consumers on pesticides free edible goods including fruits and vegetables.

Stop dithering on pesticide tests

July 8, 2019 02:00 am

The government became the subject of huge public criticism, once again, over its decision to withhold pesticide testing for vegetables and fruits imported from India.

BHAIRAHAWA, June 24: Following the government’s decision that fruits and vegetables will be allowed entry into the country only after verifying that they are free of pesticides, 17 trucks carrying onion and potato from India have been stopped at Bhairahawa Customs point.

KATHMANDU, March 19: Lawmakers have expressed their concern over the overuse of pesticides and harmful chemicals on agricultural products including on those of daily consumption.

Bumblebees acquire a taste for food laced with a pesticide known to harm them, according to a study suggesting the chemicals pose an even greater threat to pollinators than previously thought.

ILAM, July 21: At a time when over use of pesticides have been increasingly posing risks to people's life, Suryodaya Municipality of Ilam is gearing up to be a pesticide free zone in three years. For this, the municipality is working with stakeholders - farmers, people's representatives and industrialists. According to the plan, vegetables, crops and tea grown in this municipality will be fully organic.

A new, comprehensive report from European scientists confirms what many researchers have already been warning about: a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids poses a danger to wild bees and managed honey bees. The report analyzed over 1,500 studies on the issue.

DAMAK, Feb 28: Despite being aware about the health hazards, using chemical fertilizers and pesticides for cultivation of vegetables is not a choice but an obligation for a lot of farmers who have no idea regarding the procedures of making organic fertilizers.

Use of pesticides still rampant

January 3, 2018 08:20 am

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: Awareness programs aimed at curbing use of pesticides and insecticides have largely been a failure.

DANG, Nov 5: Local farmers have killed honeybee worth Rs 1.8 million by spraying pesticides breaking a syndicate in beekeeping entrepreneurs.