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, 2015
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Pesticide control in India: 3 agencies but no action

Source: The Times of India, Date: , 2015

For a country that consumes one of the largest amounts of pesticides in the world, the level of regulation is woeful. While there is no dearth of government agencies to regulate use of pesticides in the country, what is absent is action on the ground. There are three government agencies that function under three different ministries to control and regulate pesticide usage in India. However, there is very little coordination among the three agencies, allege activists.  While Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee (CIBRC), functioning under the Union agriculture ministry, approves introduction of new pesticides, officials from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), under Union health and family welfare ministry, and are responsible for checking the maximum residual level (MRL) of pesticides in food crops at the end level.

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