6 4 2009 NEW DELHI: India’s leading farmers’ organisation Bharatiya Krishak Samaj today brought to the fore the racket of pesticide companies in the sale of sub-standard pesticides and insecticides to farmers.
The loss to the farmers on account of using the sub-standard pesticides and insecticides is likely to be over Rs 25000 crore. The manufactures of this sub-standard material tend to gain over Rs 1500 crore by pushing the sale of their products.
Addressing a press conference on Monday, the president of Bharatiya Krishak Samaj Dr. Krishna Bir Chaudhary said “we collected samples of 26 branded pesticides and got them tested at the NABL Accredited Government Laboratory of the Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology and found that 20 of the 26 samples failed. Some of samples tested shockingly contained only about 1/10th of the chemical ‘Phorate’ which is used to control while grubs in sugarcane, paddy, wheat and potato and other vegetable crops. This negligible chemical content has caused huge losses to the farmers”. Other pesticides/insecticides/weedicides included Isoproturon, 2-4D Sodium Salt 80% and Ethyl Ester 38%. These also contained less amount of protective chemicals needed for crop protection.
Notably, the samples of even big reputed companies were found to be sub-standard and not meeting the requisite norms, as they failed in the laboratory tests. The failed branded products included Arjun 10 of Montari Agro Industries Roorkee, Shreetox of Shree Pulverizing Mills Alwar, Kurunai of Sree Ramcides Chemicals Chennai, Shrimet 10G of Sriram Agro Chemicals Mumbai, Rusphort of Jai Shree Rasayan Udyog Sonepat, Helmet 10G of Tropical Agro Systems India Ghaziabad, Pestox of Oasis Insecticides Sikandrabad, Dhantox 10 of Meerut Agro Chemicals Industries Limited Meerut, Shaktiman of Pacific Agricrop Science Pvt Ltd, Salempur Bookri, Furatox 10G of Jyoti Pesticides Saharanpur, Shriram ISO of Shriram Agro Chemicals Mumbai, Anulon 75 of Anu Products Limited Faridabad, Arusloni 75 of Jai Shree Rasayan Udyog Sonepat, Wonder of Tropical Agro Systems India Limited, Ghaziabad, Pestion of Oasis Insecticides Pvt. Ltd., Sikandrabad, Sheiram 2-4D of Shriram Agro Chemicals Mumbai, Cut-off 80 of Jai Shree Rasayan Udyog Sonepat, Weedfree 80 of Oasis Insecticides Pvt. Ltd. Sikandrabad, Anuweed 38 of Anu Products Limited Faridabad, Weedfree 38 EC of Oasis Insecticides Pvt. Ltd. Sikandrabad.
Of the 26 branded samples, 20 failed the test. The ones which passed the test include Umet of United Phosphorus Limited Vapi, Safaya of Devi Dayal Sales Limited, Mumbai, Anu of Anu Products Limited Faridabad, Kilharb of Tropical Agro Systems Limited, Ghaziabad, Weedmar of Dhanuka Agritech Limited Gurgaon and Cut-off of Jai Shree Rasayan Udyog Sonepat.
Chaudhary said that he personally appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture in January this year and pleaded for action against erring companies for the sale of sub-standard pesticides. He also called for action against the pesticides inspectors and state laboratory analysts who actively connive with these companies and help them in selling sub-standard material and duping the farmers. He appealed to the Government for strict action against the companies and seal them immediately.