NASHIK: A bus carrying 14 workers of a company at Rasegaon was burnt on Saturday evening while it was on its way to the factory. No death has been reported, but some workers were injured. A case has been registered at Dindori police station.

Surinder Sud / New Delhi September 15, 2008, 5:34 IST

Spurious and substandard pesticides worth around Rs 1,200 crore are palmed off to unwary farmers every year. This results in a net loss to the farmers of crops worth about Rs 6,000 crore.

These estimates have been compiled by the Agrochemicals Policy Group (APG), a pesticides industry body that aims to promote the safe use of plant protection chemicals.

as a part of a centrally-sponsored scheme non-recommended pesticides were being distributed to farmers in Rajasthan. Farmers were being forced to buy unnecessary pesticides as a part of the subsidy package under the National Horticulture Mission (nhm). These chemicals have not been approved for use in the crops that were being cultivated in the area. Pesticides like endosulfan,

Pesticides thrusted on unsuspecting farmers the recent agriculture input subsidy scam in Rajasthan may not seem big in terms of the money involved. But it has huge repercussions. Farmers were indiscriminately distributed specific chemicals to be used in crops for which these chemicals have not been recommended by the Union agriculture ministry. It is clear that farmers are being forced to

In the first week of April this year, a group of men came and stood outside the Centre for Science and Environment (cse), New Delhi. They carried placards with offensive slogans directed at me. We understood the

punjab has finally made cancer-registry compulsory in the state. Despite numerous scientific reports revealing the public health crisis in the state, the government had obstinately resisted any redress mechanism. The recent decision comes in the wake of two new scientific reports. One shows that pesticides are damaging genes of farmers who spray them, often leading to mutations and cancers.

faced with increasing scientific evidence of pesticides-induced health disorders, the Punjab government has decided to begin a cancer registry programme. Adding to numerous health studies, two

Not many people know that Tik-20, the popular insecticide brand, was a Tata group product. The brand was withdrawn from the market several years ago, marking the exit of Tata group company Rallis India from the household pesticides business. The group, whose business interests range from salt to software, has decided to re-enter the household pesticide space.

This article reflects on issues governing pesticides safe and sound management in India, various international agreements to which India is a party and the avenues of improvement in the regulatory framework.

at the fag end of the monsoon session of Parliament last year, 28 parliamentarians and politicians, including veterans like Motilal Vohra and Natwar Singh, sent a letter urging human resources