News about pesticide suicides
Prosecution and the imposition of custodial and financial penalties on those with suicidal behaviours constitutes an affront to human dignity.
"The heavy use of hazardous chemicals in the long run will ultimately lead to a rise in related ailments and definitely have a strong impact on the economy," A pair of national reform committees on health and society have come down in favor of a total ban on the farm chemicals, paraquat, glyphosa
Pesticide self-poisoning is the second most common method of suicide in Nepal. Globally, out of 800,000 individuals who die from suicide each year, about 15-20 per cent die from pesticide self-poisoning.
On August 8, the Indian government took action to ban 18 highly dangerous (‘hazardous’) pesticides from use in the country. Twelve of these pesticides were banned from that date; six others will be phased out over the next two years.
Centre's partner in Nepal Dr Rakesh Ghimire on pesticide self-poisoning in Nepal. It is a major contributor to the global burden of suicide.