Issue Date: Jun 30, 2008
on may 28, the Maharashtra government issued an order revoking a 47-year-old ban on the sale of Lathyrus sativus, a pulse variety grown widely in the state's tribal districts. Known locally as lakhodi, and as khesari, tikhadi and tiwda in parts of Nothern India, lathyrus was incriminated for a crippling motor-neuron disease of the lower limbs, lathyrism, and its sale for human consumption was banned in Maharashtra in 1961.
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