Spurious pesticides destroy crops worth Rs 6,000 crore a year

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.