GUWAHATI, March 11 - Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that the State Government would ask the Centre to frame a national policy on the �controlled� use of pesticides and insecticides by farmers.
The policy has been sought keeping in view the health hazards one is exposed to after consumption of such agricultural produce. The Health department is also contemplating an inter-departmental committee with the Agriculture department in this regard.
The minister was replying to a question raised by Ganesh Kumar Limbu during Zero Hour yesterday.
�It is now scientifically proven that consumption of such agricultural produce may increase the risk of cancer. We will draw the attention of the Centre in this regard, requesting it to come out with a national policy, and Assam will spearhead the mission,� Sarma pointed out.