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Cabinet approves Pesticide Management Bill 2020

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  • Cabinet approves Pesticide Management Bill 2020

    On February 12, 2020 the Union Cabinet approved to table the Pesticide Management Bill, 2020 in Parliament. The bill aims at making safe and effective pesticides for farmers. The main aim of the bill is to replace the Insecticides Act, 1968.

    Key Features
    The bill includes provisions to provide compensation when there is farm loss due to use of low-quality pesticides. The loss of farmers is to be paid using funds collected from the manufacturers. The information regarding the pesticides available in the market is to be made available in digital format. This will help farmers make the right choice.

    Pesticides in India
    Around 234 pesticides are used in India. Out of these 4 belongs to WHO’ Ia class pesticides, 15 belong to WHO Ib class pesticide.There are 76 pesticides that belong to WHO Class II pesticides. Also, only 40% of the pesticides used in the country are registered.

    WHO classification
    The WHO classifies pesticides based on the hazards created by them. They are as follows
    Class Ia are extremely hazardous pesticide
    Class Ib are highly hazardous pesticides
    Class II are Moderately Hazardous pesticides
    Class III are Slightly Hazardous pesticides