CropLife India to Dealers: Beware of Counferfeit, Substandard Pesticides
CropLife India, an association of 18 R&D driven member companies, organized a one-of-its-kind, Workshop for Pesticide Dealers at Bharuch. The workshop was organized with the help of Kruti Charitable Trust, implementing NGO partner of CropLife India at Ambedkar Bhavan, near Collector’s Office, Bharuch.
The workshop saw more than 100 pesticide dealers across Bharuch District, participate and delve on the rising issue of counterfeit, spurious, substandard, and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides. Sh. Vijay Singh Solanki, Deputy Director of Agriculture – Extension; Sh. Panchal, Assistant Director of Agriculture – Quality Control; Sh. P.S. Rank, Deputy Director of Agriculture – Training; Professor Pathak and Professor Divyeshbhai Patel from College of Agriculture, Bharuch, were the key officials present on this occasion.
Commenting on the occasion, Mr. Asitava Sen, Chief Executive Officer, CropLife India said, “Presence of significant share of non-genuine pesticide in Indian market, which can be illegal, counterfeit, spurious, adulterated, or sub – standard, is a matter of concern. These products are unable to control the pests and may cause considerable harm to soil and environment as well as production loss. Dealers play an important role in the entire supply chain, ensuring farmers receive quality pesticides.”
The workshop focused on the various ways of detecting counterfeit, spurious, substandard, and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides. The dealers shared their challenges faced on the ground and the various member company representatives shared their perspective on probing the source of pesticides. Farmer education by dealers formed an important part of the entire discussion.