April 17, 2024
  • T P Rajendran committee has said that of the 1,135 responses it received from various stakeholders, around 55 per cent were from the farming community and they expressed concern over the possible loss to their crops if the pesticides are withdrawn from the market.
    • The farmer groups with which the panel and its members interacted emphasised the cost-effective protection these 27 pesticide-based formulations gave over several decades.
  • The P. Rajendran Committee, was constituted by the Centre to study all aspects related to safety, toxicity, efficacy etc. of the 27 pesticides which include insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.
    • List of these 27 pesticides was carved out of a more extensive list of 66 pesticides reviewed by Anupam Varma committee.
  • However, government has recently proposed to ban only 3 of the earlier listed 27 pesticides.
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