Crop protection industry urges government to address industry concerns in the forthcoming Pesticide Management Bill
Rajendra Velagala, Chairman, CropLife India has urged the government to address the concerns of the crop protection industry in the forthcoming Pesticide Managment Bill in the comng winter session of the parliament.
Addressing the 39th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of CropLife India an association of 18 R&D driven crop science companies, Mr. Velagala shared that Government should address industry’s concerns in the Pesticides Management Bill, bring in Data Protection; align with Best International Practices and Regulatory Reforms by reducing registration timelines of crop protection products.
Shri P. Raghavendra Rao, Secretary, Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Government of India said, “The role of agrochemicals in the development of the food grains production in India is critical, considering the fact that India, is predicted to be the most populous country by 2030”.
The day long AGM witnessed an inaugural and four technical sessions with experts and key Government officials’ conglomeration, on the cause of supporting the farmer. The sessions included topics like – “New Government’s Vision for Agriculture Transformation in India”; “Bringing Innovation to the Farmers; Case for Regulatory Data Protection in India”; “Regulatory Reforms and Global Best Practices”; “Fast Track Adoption of Drones Application Technology Solutions” and “Ensuring Quality Inputs for Farmers”.
Prof. Panjab Singh, President, National Academy of Agriculture Sciences concurred with Mr. Rao and said, “From a problem of deficit, we are now going through the problem of plenty. The issue of rising population needs to be addressed by sustaining agriculture and production, so that livelihood can be maintained”.
Dr. Ashok Dalwai, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India said, “Unfortunately the reforms of 1991, bypassed the agricultural sector hence we need to improve our agriculture, now. It is imperative for the Government to listen to the industry, as it will lead to solutions”. Dr. Dalwai added, “Democracy, institution and technology are the important ingredients for development of a nation and there is need for inorganic competition”.
Shri Ashwani Kumar, Joint Secretary (Seeds and M&T), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Government of India informed “ICAR-IARI is conducting a study on the application of crop protection products by drones and the report will be submitted soon to the Ministry. We are working in close coordination and will issue the guidelines for drone applications, at the earliest”.
Dr. P. K. Chakrabarty, Member, Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) informed, “Government of India has approved an International Best Practice of Croup Grouping on 14th August 2019”. Dr. Chakrabarty added, “Regulatory reforms and the new crop protection products has to be given faster registration”.
Mr. Sianghee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia said, “The expertise of Indian IT sector should be utilized in the growth of agriculture in India. Apart from attracting the Indian youth to farming, technology will help in mitigating the risk and aid in Doubling Farmers’ Income”.
Dr. KC Ravi, Vice-Chairman of CropLife India, stressed, “The need for coordinated action by all stakeholders to address the policy bottlenecks, which are slowing the growth of the agriculture sector”.
Crop Protection Industry has played a major role in ensuring food and nutritional security of the nation besides making us one of the key agricultural output countries in the world. Challenges are getting complex with invasion of new pests like Fall Army Worm, build-up of resistance, climate change and associated vagaries of weather.
CropLife India members are not only committed to bring latest and safer innovations but also equally committed to educate farmers on their safe and responsible use. There are many examples of this commitment, over the years:
India is among the few countries to introduce latest innovations and greener chemistries.
More than 40 lakh farmers have been trained in the safe and responsible of crop protection products.
CropLife members continue to work closely with farmers, scientific community and policy makers to address current as well as future challenges. However, cost of research has gone up and it is estimated that the cost of discovery and development of a new active ingredient is around ~ 280 million USD. While CropLife member companies are committed to Innovation to the core, this also means fewer new active ingredients are coming out of research now than in the past. If Indian agriculture must flourish, be more competitive, quality driven, reducing wastages as well as losses to enable our farmers to be more successful, it is absolutely essential that a progressive environment is in place that fosters innovations.