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40% of pesticides sold in India spurious: IICT scientist


Non-genuine and spurious pesticides account for 40 percent of the pesticides sold in India, said IICT FluoroAgrochemicals Division Scientist Dr Srinivas Kantevari here on Thursday. To avoid the usage of non-genuine and sub-standard pesticides in the country, CSIR-IICT is taking initiatives to build a strong and effective database on crop protection chemicals, he explained.

He pointed that the illegal imports of technical grade chemicals having no CIB and RC registration has also led to the formulation of non-genuine pesticides locally. Participating in a national webinar on “Recent Advances in Health and Agro Science” organized by GITAM Deemed to be University Chemistry department, he further said that use of non-genuine products leads to loss of revenue to farmers, agrochemical companies and government. He informed that during 2016-20 IICT has developed off-patent agrochemicals worth 4.1 billion US dollars.

In view of growing demand for bio pesticides, IICT is now concentrating more on creating hybrid products which are a mixture of conventional agrochemicals with botanical based biopesticides to reduce the synthetic chemical load, he added.

National Institute of Nutrition (NIN) Biochemistry wing scientist Dr. G Bhanuprakash Reddy said that natural sources such as spices, dietary agents and functional foods could have the potential to control diabetic complications. CSIR-IICT Centre for Lipid Science and Technology senior principal scientist Dr. BLA Prabhavathi Devi informed that polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) are an essential part of the human diet without which some vital functions would be compromised. She informed that some of the minor constituents present in the oils and fats also play a significant role as immunity regulators in synergy with other known immunity boosters due to their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties.

Lee Pharma Ltd Formulation Development Vice-President Dr Meka Lingam informed that natural polymers are more advantageous than synthetic polymers as they are economical, non-toxic and abundantly available in nature and presently usage of natural polymers is increasing in pharmaceutical and biomedical industries at a fast pace.

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