7 4 2009 NEW DELHI: Indian farmers stand to lose crops worth over Rs. 25,000 crore annually due to use of sub-standard pesticides and insecticides, a farmers’ organisation has claimed here on Monday. Much of the failure from sub-standard products is reported in sugarcane, wheat, paddy and potato crops.
Addressing a press conference here, president of Bhartiya Krishak Samaj Krishna Bir Chaudhary sought strong action against erring manufacturers and said that the annual sale of such sub-standard products was estimated at approximately 25 per cent of the annual average sale of pesticides and insecticides to the tune of Rs. 6,500 crore.
“We got samples of 26 branded pesticides tested at the Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology, a NABL [National Accreditation Board for testing and calibration Laboratories]-accredited lab under the Ministry of Science and Technology and found that 20 of 26 samples failed. Some of the samples, for example, contained only 1/10th of the chemical ‘phorate’ used in controlling white grub in sugarcane crop. Likewise standards were violated in other pesticides/weedicides.”