11 border points, TIA to boast pesticide residue testing technology

Kathmandu, November 19

After a dispute with India over the new system introduced to tighten pesticide residue testing on imported fruits and vegetables earlier this year, the government has finally started preparations to introduce the testing system at all border points including the Tribhuvan International Airport.

The TIA, nine Nepal-India crossings and two Nepal-China crossings will soon have such a technology installed, according to Mohan Krishna Maharjan, a spokesperson for the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control. He informs that the department has already started the process to purchase the necessary equipment. It is expected that the equipment will cost Rs 100 million in total.

Meanwhile, the department also sent some of its staff to India to learn more about such technologies.

Earlier in July-August, media had reported that the government of Nepal withdrew from its pesticide residue testing plan owing to India’s pressure. However, the government has been claiming that the plan was put off to prepare necessary infrastructures and technologies first.


Published on November 19th, Tuesday, 2019 1:28 PM

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