Pesticide Management Bill 2020 must address important concerns

Date & Time: 2020-03-11 07:56:03

This is because agriculture in India is largely dependent on chemicals including pesticides and their usage has a huge impact on the health of humans, animals, bio-diversity and the environment. Pesticides are regulated in India through the Insecticides Act, 1968 and Insecticides Rules, 1971. The experience in administering this Act over the last five decades has exposed certain gaps which spurred the need to propose a new law. The Pesticide Management Bill (PMB) has been in discussion since 2008. The Draft Pesticide Management Bill 2017 was released by the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare (MoFAW) for stakeholder comments on February 19, 2018. Subsequently, a new Pesticide Management Bill was created and same has now been approved by the Union Cabinet on February 12, 2020. This new bill will be tabled in Parliament in this session and the earlier version will be withdrawn by the government.