GOVERNMENT OF INDIA, MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE
RAJYA SABHA, QUESTION NO.1120, ANSWERED ON: 10.03.2017
Ban on pesticides
Shri T.K. Rangarajan
Will the Minister of AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE be pleased to state :-
(a) the names of pesticides that are identified and considered toxic;
(b) whether Government has examined the issue and what are its proposals;
(c) whether there is any proposal to ban the use of pesticides which are harmful; and
(d) if so, the names of pesticides which Government proposes to ban?
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE AND FARMERS WELFARE
(SHRI PARSHOTTAM RUPALA)
(a): The Registration Committee, constituted under section 5 of the Insecticides Act, 1968, register pesticides for manufacture/ import/sale for use in the country after evaluating its safety to human health and environment. Technical reviews are carried out from time to time to assess the safety of pesticides. Based on which, the Central Government has banned/refused registration/restricted certain pesticides/insecticides for use in the country. The details are at Annexure I.
(b) to (d): An expert committee was constituted under Dr. Anupam Verma, Former Professor, Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), to carry out technical review of 66 pesticides that are banned, restricted, withdrawn in one or more countries but continued to be registered in India. The Expert Committee, inter alia, recommended 13 pesticides to be completely banned and 6 pesticides to be phased out by 2020. The Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare has issued a Notification S.O.4212 (E) dated 15th December, 2016, inviting objections and suggestions from the stakeholders on completely banning of 12 pesticides/insecticides and phasing out of 6 pesticides/insecticides. The detail is at Annexure II.