Harmful toxins in tea

The poison house of Kanyam Tea, Kaman, Illam was sealed indefinitely on Saturday due to the increasing use of pesticides that are harmful to human health. The National Tea and Coffee Development Board and Suryodaya Municipality have sealed the house saying that pesticides were used against the standards. While monitoring the orchard, it was found that severe pesticides were used.

Bishnu Prasad Bhattarai, executive director of the board, said that the pesticides were found to have been used against the standards of Chloro Fine Foss, Cypermethrin and other toxic substances. The command can only use pesticides in tea with permission from the board. “This is the first time that the board has sealed various programs for the control of harmful pesticides,” Bhattarai said.

Seven tea plantations and factories in Ilam and Jhapa, including Kanyam under Nepal Tea Development Corporation, have been leased to Triveni Shanghai Group in 2057 BS for 50 years. A team of tea board, municipality, security personnel and others have sealed the poison house and asked the orchard management to come to Suryoday Municipality for discussion within three days.

During the monitoring, it was found that the workers who used pesticides in the tea plantations did not use essential health items like masks, gloves and aprons. According to the Fikal-based project centre of the National Tea and Coffee Development Board, workers are also at risk due to pesticides while adhering to the standards. It has been found that pesticides are also used in private orchards to increase production and kill insects and weeds. Experts say that the effects of harmful pesticides on tea can last up to 21 to 28 days. But the plantation side is picking tea within two weeks.