In India, an estimated 15-25 per cent of potential crop production is lost due pest, weeds and diseases at a time when the country needs not only to raise production but also ensure food security and nutrition for its growing consumption needs.
“There’s an urgent need for concerted efforts to forge research and development led strategy to save the loss of crops due to pests, weeds and diseases,” said Hukmdev Narayan Yadav, Chairman, Standing Committee of Parliament on Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.
Mr. Yadav was addressing the sixth National Argo-chemicals Conference – 2016 on the theme ‘Next Generation Indian Agriculture – Role of Crop Protection Solutions’, organised jointly by FICCI and the Department of Agriculture Cooperation and Farmers Welfare and Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals here on Tuesday.
Mr. Yadav expressed concern at the rising menace of spurious pesticides and suggested that the situation should be tackled collectively by farmer associations, industry players, government and pesticide regulatory bodies in a time bound manner.
On the occasion, Mr. Yadav released a Knowledge Paper on the theme of the conference, prepared by FICCI in association with the Tata Strategic Management Group.