Maiden meet on agrochemicals moot rethinking on pesticides ban

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New Delhi (NVI): A crucial maiden national convention on agrochemicals has recommended to label the pesticides indicating the mode of action and comprehensively rethink on their restrictive banning besides microbial interventions to transform biomass waste into a wealth.

The four day long National Agrochemicals Congress, which concluded here on Saturday, also recommended that India should come with the status of country’s preparedness in invasive exigencies and develop a policy regarding data protection of imported technical pesticides.

The Congress also mooted a policy for introduction of safe nano-formulations and empowerment of farmers through training and extension.

With the central theme as ‘Country’s Status on Various Fronts of Agrochemicals’, the Congress deliberated on Issues and Concerns of Agrochemicals for sustainable farming.

In the concluding session, Prof. Ramesh Chand, Member Niti Ayog outlined the importance of responsible use of agrochemicals utilising precision technologies to reduce wastage of applied chemicals into environments. Prof. Chand advised the stakeholders to discourage false claims about agrochemicals and tackle the spread of wrong perception in public about agrochemicals.

Dr Trilochan Mohapatra, DG ICAR addressing the session said that agrochemicals will continue to play a major input in agriculture to meet the crop production targets and we must strive to ensure its safe and judicious use. He requested the scientists to comprehensively work upon the aspects of nano-pesticide approach to ensure safety of humans, livestock and environment.

This was the first ever National Agrochemicals Congress and this will hereafter be conducted once in three years.

The Congress is important in view of the role chemical pesticides still continue to play in pest management as more and more target specific and environment friendly products are being introduced. The benefits of pesticide use are high relative to their risks. New concepts in crops, human health, resource management, nanotechnology, smart formulations and related sciences are likely to boost agricultural productivity.