The pesticide industry blames ‘MNC lobby’ for the proposed pesticide ban

Author – Parta Sarathi Biswas | Puna

Published : 10. June 2020 1:05:26

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India is the fourth largest producer of agrochemicals. (Representative photo)

The Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association of India (PMFAI), the highest pesticide authority in the country, has strongly protested against a draft government notice banning the use of 27 generic pesticides in the country. Predeep Dave, President of IFPMA, argued that there was no scientific basis for this action. Other members of the association argued that the ban would help multinationals to promote more expensive alternatives on the Indian market.

Last month, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare published draft announcements inviting the public to submit proposals and objections to the proposed ban. 27 generic pesticides, including commonly used formulations such as mancozeb, chlrophyrphos, etc., are also part of India’s export of pesticides to developed countries such as the United States and Canada.

Dave said the 27 generic pesticides proposed for the ban represent 40% of the domestic market in terms of consumption and 50% of the country’s exports. If these chemicals are banned, the entire R12,000 market will be transferred to China, which is that country’s main competitor on world markets, he said.

India is the fourth largest producer of agrochemicals and a major player in the field of non-patented pesticides, he said.

Dave and others argued that the proposed ban would be pushed by multinational corporations and some environmentalists working in their direction.

In an official announcement in the newspaper, the central government withdrew from the industry because it had not provided sufficient data on the biosafety tests. However, Dave and others have refuted these accusations.

Dr. KN Singh, Vice President of Registration, Gharda Chemicals Limited, stated that the government has made no reports of data calls. More than 90% of the data requested was provided by the industry, but the committee did not take it into account, he said.

Any move to ban chemicals would have a negative impact on the viability of Indian agriculture and increase the cost of farming for farmers, experts say. It takes at least three years to prove the effectiveness of new chemicals and the normal lifespan is about 10 years. …Ten years from now, new patented products will be introduced that will help the IOC prosper, he said.

The decision to ban pesticides led to a strong reaction from the Ministry of Chemistry, which opposed the decision.

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