Beware of Counterfeit, Spurious, Substandard and Unregistered/Unlicensed Pesticides

May 22, 2019; Bharuch: CropLife India, an association of 18 R&D driven member companies, today, 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. Vijai Singh SolankiDeputy Director of Agriculture – ExtensionSh. PanchalAssistant Director of Agriculture – Quality ControlSh. P.S. RankDeputy 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 focussed 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.

It may be noted that Government of India, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare, Department of Agriculture, Co-operation & Farmers’ Welfare (Plant Protection Division) has reached out to all licensed Dealer/Retailers of Pesticides multiple times over the past five years, to be aware about Counterfeit, Spurious, Substandard and Unregistered/Unlicensed Pesticides. The Letter to Dealers were sent under the Grow Safe Food campaign of Government of India and CropLife India was mandated to outreach to as many retailers as possible, across the nation.

The workshop engaged the dealers on the following key facts (part of Letter to Dealers from Government of India) –

·       Refrain from stocking/distributing/exhibiting/sale of counterfeit/fake products.

·       Do not stock/distribute/exhibit/sell products that do not possess a valid certificate of registration and license from the State Government under the provisions of Insecticides Act, 1968 and Insecticides Rules, 1971.

·       It is mandatory under the law to have a valid pesticides licence in order to sell, stock or exhibit for sale or to distribute pesticides.

·       All dealers/retailers of pesticides products should procure their stock from legitimate sources with proper bill/invoice.

·       It is mandatory to provide a bill or invoice in the form prescribed by law with details of batch no, manufacturing and expiry dates, to customers/farmers on sale of crop protection products.

·       Do not sell pesticides past their date of expiry.

CropLife India has an ongoing Anti-counterfeit Mass Awareness Campaign in the villages of Amod, Bharuch, Karjan & Padara Districts of Gujarat. CropLife India has tied up with Kruti Charitable Trust, implementing partner NGO, for this campaign, who would reach out to more than 175 villages across the district, focussed on raising awareness on Counterfeit, Spurious, Substandard and Unregistered/Unlicensed Pesticides. Various activities like rallies, Puppet Shows, Video shows, messaging via loudspeakers and wall writings are being done simultaneously, to educate farmers and create awareness that spurious/illegal products must not be used despite compelling prices.

About CropLife India:

CropLife India is committed to advancing sustainable agriculture and it is an association of 18 R&D driven member companies in crop protection. We jointly represent ~ 70% of the market and are responsible for 95% of the molecules introduced in the country. Our member companies have annual global R & D spend of 6 billion USD and are firmly committed to engaging with the farming community to enable Safe, Secure Food Supply.