Pokhara imports fruits and vegetables worthing hundreds of thousands every day from various parts of nation as well as neighbouring country India. It has been found that excessive pesticides is used in fruits and vegetables imported from India than that from other parts of Nepal. The lab test showed 27pc pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables imported from India.
The district monitoring committee on Monday tested 8 samples of fruits and vegetables. As per the Rapid Bioassay for Pesticide Residue Laboratory at Shantiban Batika, Pokhara, the lab test showed a maximum of 27% pesticide residue.
According to Mr. Kapil Nath Koirala, chairperson of Consumers Forum Kaski, sample of cauliflower, pumpkin, brinjal, carrot, tomato, banana, beans and various peas was collected from fruits and vegetables market at 4:45 am and submitted to Rapid Bioassay for Pesticide Residue Laboratory.
The lab then tested and provided the report. Koirala added upto 27.196pc residue pesticide was found in beans imported from India. Similarly banana from Nawalparasi contained 7.593pc, cauli from Chitwan contained 5.898pc, brinjal from Hetauda contained 14.199pc of residue pesticide. As per the report peas from India meanwhile recorded lowest i.e 4.095pc of residue pesticide.
The monitoring team included Mr Ganga Bahadur Chettri dep.
Chief district officer of Kaski, Mr Kapil Nath Koirala from Consumer Forum Kaski, Mr Prakash Bastakoti Agriculture Promotion Officer from Agriculture Development Office, Kaski and others. Chairman Koirala from Consumer Forum insisted on regular supervision and monitoring. He added that the regular monitoring on both quality and price is essential to ensure consumers right.
Fruits and vegetables with 0 to 35pc pesticides are safe for consumption. Similarly fruits and vegetables with 35 to 45pc pesticide become fit for consumption if taken with precautions or after they are stored for few days. 45 to 55pc pesticides are harmful for intake while fruits and vegetables with more than 55% pesticides are inedible.