The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) on Thursday said it will be banning two common insecticides, chlorpyrifos and permethrin, for use on livestock in the country.
The agency has banned the two chemicals, which are used to kill insects, for two years in a bid to prevent the spread of insect-borne diseases and other pests that can spread the disease.
The agency said the decision was taken after extensive consultations with the industry, environmental organizations and public health experts.
“We are committed to protecting the environment and promoting sustainable agriculture, which has been proven to be one of the best investments the government can make in the economy,” Environment Minister Gautam Adhia said in a statement.
While the ban will have immediate effect, it will not affect any livestock operations in the next few months, he said.
Permethrin is used to control mites, which can cause severe illness.
In 2016, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said the use of chlorpyrs in livestock was a cause of major harm to the environment.
Its research found that the chemicals killed about 200,000 mites in the first year of use.