Northeast Indian state bans non-organic food itemsStaff Writer | December 16, 2017
The government of Sikkim, in Northeast India, approved a proposal to ban the supply of non-organic agriculture, horticulture and livestock products in a phased manner effective from March 31 next year.
Asia Outlook India:
The list of products to be prohibited forentry into Sikkim effective March 31, 2018 are: maize, beans, bitter gourd,bottle gourd, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, capsicum, carrot, chayote,cucumber, lady’s finger, leafy vegetables, spinach, pea, radish, tomato,pointed gourd, banana, guava, mango, orange, papaya, ginger, green chili, turmeric.
Two days ago, the Chief Minister publicly announced that his government will ban imports of fruit like banana and mango starting next year. He had said that the consumption of these fruits is hazardous for people’s health, as they are ripened using chemicals. ■