The Government of India after an extensive review of 27 pesticides through an appointed Expert Committee, based on substantial data on safety and efficacy submitted by the Pesticides industry, decided to continue the use of 24 pesticides. This decision has been welcomed and lauded by the agri community, including small holding farmers as they have been already safely using these products for the last decades on multiple crops.
This move will ensure that Indian farmers continue to have access to the technology for crop protection at an affordable price, as these pesticides are manufactured in India.
The government’s decision to continue the use of these critical 24 pesticides demonstrates the realities of agriculture and the importance of farmers having access to technology that is affordable as they need to produce quality food at an affordable price compared to exorbitantly expensive imported substitute pesticides.
Farmers across the country have welcomed the government’s decision, saying that access to safe and effective pesticides is critical for protecting crops and ensuring a good harvest. The continued use of these 24 critical pesticides is a necessary step towards safeguarding India’s food production system while ensuring that farmers can continue to produce food efficiently and sustainably.
Gavneet Singh, Director, Ambala Farmer Producer Organizations, Haryana, said, “As farmers, we know how important it is to have access to safe and effective pesticides to protect our crops and ensure a good harvest. This decision by the government is a positive step as these pesticides continue to be recommended by the State Agriculture Universities and farmers have the experience of using them safely on their crops.”
Harpreet Singh, CEO Pehowa Farmer Producer Organizations, Haryana, said “this is an important step towards safeguarding yield and livelihood. We have worked with these pesticides and confident of its performance. Opting for any alternative may have impacted our input costs and overall production.”
Pest and disease control is critical for maintaining the quality and safety of our food supply. The continued use of these 24 critical pesticides is a necessary step as these pesticides are also used as mixture with relatively new products for resistance management against potentially resistant weeds, insects and diseases.
Insect pests can create crop damages between 20 – 30 % including grains stored in the warehouses. Pesticides are also used as smart fumigants for grain storage to protect crops from storage insects in wheat, rice, pulses and oil-seeds.
Government of India has already approved use of drones for safer and efficient use of pesticides. Pest and disease control is critical for maintaining the quality and safety of our food supply. Pesticides are carefully designed to target specific pests and diseases, and their use is strictly regulated to ensure that they do not harm non-target organisms or the environment.