Punjab Plans To Avoid Pesticides Use In Basmati Rice

Punjab Plans To Avoid Pesticides Use In Basmati Rice. CHANDIGARH News: The Basmati grown in Punjab this year is likely to witness a major reduction in the use of pesticides and fungicides that lead to rejection of export consignments from India.

Alarmed by hurdles in the export of rice from India, the state government is reaching out to farmers through Gurudwaras, public meetings and social media to dissuade use of Acephate, Carbendazim, Thiamethoxam, Tricyclazole, and Triazophos—chemicals responsible for higher residue level in rice.

There will be significant in use of hazardous chemicals in rice this year that cause hurdles in exports,” KS Pannu, Commissioner Food and Drug Administration Punjab told ET. “Any adverse effect on export of rice will have an adverse effect on Rs 50,000 crore business in India and hit the hard economy of the state,” he said. He maintained that an exhaustive awareness campaign is underway by joining hand with pesticide dealers, commission agents farmers and rice industry.

Punjab Agriculture University has already recommended alternatives to these pesticides and fungicides. The stricter pesticide residue norms in global markets are posing hurdles to rice from the country. “But banning these chemicals is beyond the purview of state government as they are registered with the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee,” Pannu said.

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