The thirteenth volume of the Report of the Committee on Doubling Farmers’ Income (DFI) examines the structural weaknesses and reforms needed in the agricultural system. The discussions in this volume range from recommending reforms in the land policy to declaring a farmer-citizen charter.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to constitute a State Pesticides Regulatory Authority to curb the use of spurious pesticides which cause harm to fruit production and its quality.

A new analysis exposes how the American and European pesticide industry is using ongoing EU-US trade negotiations to lower human health and environmental standards in order to increase trade in toxic pesticides.

Stop Pesticide Poisonings depicts why a growing number of individuals and organisations no longer believe that training can achieve so called safe use of hazardous pesticides.

An investigation carried out by Greenpeace India has found residues of hazardous chemical pesticides in a majority of samples of the main brands of packaged tea produced and consumed in India. Over half of the samples contained pesticides that are ‘unapproved’ for use in tea cultivation or which were present in excess of recommended limits. 

Read the response of Centre for Science & Environment (CSE) to pesticide industry advertisement published in the guise of public interest appeal in a major national daily. CSE claims that Centre for Environment & Agrochemicals has made several scurrilous and baseless statements against it.

Watch out for live reports from the Conference on food safety & environmental toxins being organised by Centre for Science and Environment from Feb 20-21, 2013 at New Delhi marking a decade of support to community and public policy by CSE's pollution monitoring lab.

Of the 234 pesticides registered by the Central Insecticides Board and Registered Committee 59 do not have set MRLs, shows this CSE study on the state of pesticide regulations in India from a food safety perspective in the light of recommendations made by the Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Ankita Rai

Surinder Sud / New Delhi December 14, 2009, 0:37 IST

The government plans to strengthen the regulatory framework for the pesticides sector by setting up a Central Pesticides Board and making registration mandatory for all new products.

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