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A book that throws light on classification of pesticide active ingredients
Tuesday, 07 June, 2011, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The worries of a farmer concerning with pesticides will soon find solution in the book on "Pesticides: Status, Latest WHO ranking, Regulation and Label Claims in India."

The book, published by Dr O M Bambawale, director, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management, Pusa Campus, New Delhi, throws light on classification of pesticide active ingredients on the basis of their toxicity to non-target organism by the latest WHO (World Health Organisation) covering information on all the 230 pesticides registered in India as on May 2011.

It gives the trade name, registered formulations, target pests and crops which they are applied to, dose of application, waiting period and their mode of action.

Interestingly, the most valuable information on the latest maximum residue limit (MRL) of almost all pesticides, fixed by the ICMR (under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006), along with codex MRL (European standard) on various crops is discussed.

Besides, it gives information on status and impact of pesticides, latest consumption of pesticides crop-wise and state-wise, status of hazardous pesticides (as per WHO) in other countries, various toxicity categories and decontamination methods of pesticides.

The book will also contain a list of pesticide manufacturers / suppliers in the country. In addition, safe handling of pesticides along with issue related to 'label claims' will also be included in it. The book will be useful to all the stakeholders of plant protection.
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