Dhaka – The High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to deploy law enforcers to guard the mango orchards in northern districts to prevent use of harmful chemicals, including pesticide.
The order came a month ahead of the prime mango harvesting season as farmers and traders reportedly use preservatives and pesticides for better business out of the fruit.
Production of mango is abundance in northern Bangladeshi district of Rajshahi and Chapainawabganj.
The High Court bench of Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader passed the order asking the divisional commissioner and deputy commissioner of Rajshahi to implement the directives within seven days.
Lawyer Manzil Murshid stood for the petition filed by a civic group, Human Rights Peace for Bangladesh.
The court also ordered a surveillance team be formed to protect the fruits from being affected by harmful pesticides in the markets in Dhaka.
Inspector general of police, chairman of BSTI and director general of RAB have been asked to submit a report after the implementation of the order passed by the court, according to the lawyer.
Earlier, on February 29, the High Court ordered on this regard with seven observations while Murshid filed a supplementary petition for seeking the direction.