No pesticide residues in TN vegetables, claims TN minister

Chennai: There was no residue of pesticides in vegetables grown in Tamil Nadu, said TN agriculture minister R Vaidyalingam. He alleged that pesticide residues exceeding the permissible limit was found in the cardamom cultivated in Kerala. The farmers of TN did not use pesticides, instead, they made use of bio pest control methods and were being assisted by the state government. The state was a model to the country in this regard, he claimed. Of the 68 pesticide testing labs in the country, 15 are in Tami Nadu. The national average of pesticide use was 2.7%, but in TN, it was only 1%, the minister said. The state used to sent 800 tonnes of veggies to Kerala everyday.

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