An agronomist will be tried in Kherson region for violating the rules of pest control, which led to the death of gray cranes listed in the Red Book of Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of Kherson Regional Prosecutor's Office.
"Kakhovka District Prosecutor's Office sent an indictment to the agronomist for violating the rules of pest and plant disease control, as well as other requirements of plant protection legislation, which caused serious consequences," the statement said.
Police found that in the period from December 2020 to January 2021, the agronomist did rodent control in the fields by mechanically scattering pesticides on the ground in the fields near the biosphere natural reserve Askania Nova.
As a result, 218 gray cranes, which are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine, died from the consumption of wheat grain treated with appropriate pesticides. The losses to the state were estimated at around 120 thousand dollars.
The agronomist will be charged under Art. 247 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The sanction of the incriminated article provides for a penalty in the form of a fine of up to one hundred non-taxable minimum incomes of citizens or public works for a period of 100 and twenty to 200 hours or imprisonment for up to two years.
Earlier, in January it was reported that about 185 gray cranes which are listed in the Red Book of Ukraine died out in Askania Nova reserve. The environmental inspectorate later said they had been poisoned with toxic grains and the birds had died of pulmonary edema.