India Proposes a Ban on 27 Agricultural Pesticides

India Proposes a Ban on 27 Agricultural PesticidesOn 14 May 2020, the Indian Ministry of Agricultural and Farmers Welfare invites a 45-day consultation on a draft injunction, banning the import, production, distribution and use of 27 agricultural pesticides including Acephate, Atrazine, Benfuracarb, Butachlor, Captan, Carbofuran, Chlorpyriphos, 2,4-D, Deltamethrin, Dicofol, Dimethoate, Dinocap, Diuron, Malathion, Mancozeb, Methomyl, Oxyfluorfen, Pendimethalin, Quinalphos and Sulfosulfuron, Carbendazim, Monocrotophos, Thiodicarb, Thiophanate-methyl, Thiram, Zineb and Ziram.

The 27 pesticides are shortlisted from 66 pesticides subject to review by an expert committee constituted in July 2013, of which 18 were banned in 2018, 15 were found to be safe and the remaining 6 are under review now.

These pesticides accounted for 10% to 15% of India’s agrochemical export and 20% of the industry’s revenue. According to India’s Department of Chemicals &Petro-Chemicals, the total capacity of the 16 proposed pesticides reached 170,000 tons per year in 2018.

No.

Pesticide

Annual Capacity(tons)

No.

Pesticide

Annual Capacity(tons)

1

Mancozeb

8,2000

9

Captan

3430

2

2,4-D

2,7000

10

Quinalphos

2200

3

Acephate

19,000

11

Dimethoate

1450

4

Chlorpyriphos

1,8000

12

Carbendazim

980

5

Monocrotophos

1,4000

13

Ziram

700

6

Pendimethalin

4 500

14

Deltamethrin

620

7

Malathion

3800

15

Butachlor

500

8

Diuron

3720

16

Dicofol

150

 

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