CropLife India conducts workshop on counterfeit pesticides

CropLife India recently organized a workshop for pesticide dealers at Vadodara. The workshop was organized with the help of Kruti Charitable Trust. The workshop was attended by pesticide dealers from Vadodara and Bharuch districts who discussed the rising problem of counterfeit, spurious, substandard and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides.

The key officials present at the event were Jatinbhai Patel, Agriculture – Extension Officer; Hiranbhai Patel, Secretary, Central Gujarat Dealers’ Association and Mukeshbhai Raj, President, Dealers’ Association, Karjan.

Asitava Sen, Chief Executive Officer, CropLife India while speaking at the event said, “CropLife India will continue its fight against duplicate and illegal pesticides. The products are unable to kill the pests and are harmful to the crops and the environment. Dealers play an important role in the supply chain as they can ensure that farmers receive only genuine pesticides.”

The workshop focused on the various ways of detecting counterfeit, spurious, substandard and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides. The dealers shared the challenges they have to face while company representatives shared their perspective on probing the source of pesticides. Educating farmers became an important part of the entire discussion.

The workshop also focused on different ways of detecting fake, spurious, substandard and unlicensed pesticides. The dealers shred their challenges which they face regularly whereas company representatives discussed their views on determining the source of fake pesticides. The workshop helped the dealers on different procedures and aspects of avoiding fake products.

CropLife India has an ongoing anti-counterfeit mass awareness campaign in the villages of Amod, Bharuch, Karjan and Padara districts of Gujarat. CropLife India has tied up with Kruti Charitable Trust for this campaign who would reach out to 175 villages across the district for raising awareness on fake, spurious, substandard and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides.

Until now CropLife has organized rallies, puppet shows, video shows, messaging through loudspeakers for creating awareness among people regarding spurious and illegal products.

Source: NewsVoir

Workshop by CropLife discusses the problem of fake pesticides

CropLife India- an association of member agro-based companies organized a workshop of pesticide dealers at Bharuch. The workshop was organized with the help of Kruti Charitable Trust which is the implementing NGO partner of CropLife India.

The workshop witnessed more than 100 pesticide dealers across Bharuch district. Asitava Sen, Chief Executive Officer, CropLife India said, “Presence of significant share of non-genuine pesticide in the Indian market, which can be illegal, counterfeit, spurious, adulterated or substandard, 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 different ways of detecting fake, spurious and substandard and unregistered/unlicensed pesticides. The dealers revealed the challenges faced by them on the ground and the company representatives shared their views on determining the source of the pesticides. Farmer education by dealers formed an important part of the overall workshop.

Source: Business Standard

The growth of counterfeiting in the Agro industry

As per the law of nature, all living beings require energy, nutrients and a sustainable environment for their growth. Plants and trees are no different from the rest of living organisms and require all the above-mentioned essentials. Plants and trees have been cultivated by humans for centuries. Today, with the growth of agricultural technology which includes genetically modified seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, insecticides and advanced farming equipment, the output of crops has grown manifolds.

According to Food Agriculture Organisation, “Agriculture, with its allied sectors, is the largest source of livelihoods in India, 70% of its rural households still depend primarily on agriculture for their livelihood, with 82% of farmers being small and marginal. In 2017-18, total food grain production was estimated at 275 million tonnes.”

However, there has been an upscale growth of spurious agrochemicals and fake agro products which are ruining the overall crop yield badly. These fake products harm the harvest, the soil, environment and the economy of the country. One of the biggest reasons for the rise in counterfeiting of different agrochemicals is the huge demand for agrochemicals in different parts of India. As per FICCI, the Indian agrochemical industry will double in size to $8.1 billion by 2025.

Since spurious agrochemicals are cheap and easily available farmers purchase them on a large scale. Moreover, these chemicals are either ineffective or leave many side effects on the crops. According to industry experts, the formulations do work as pesticides but also leave traces of by-products that badly affect the soil and the environment.

A joint meeting of an FAO-WHO panel on pesticides management was informed of the increasing menace of counterfeit pesticides, estimated to be five per cent to seven per cent of the products in Europe and 20 per cent to 30 per cent of pesticides marketed in developing countries.

Besides being cheap there is a growing demand for spurious agrochemicals because many times farmers are not able to recognise between a genuine and a fake product. Moreover, loopholes in the supply chain also lead to the intrusion of fake products in the market.

Use of spurious agrochemicals is most rampant in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Use of counterfeit pesticides has spread across India in the agrarian parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.