The T P Rajendran committee, constituted by the Centre to study the vexed issue of banning 27 popular pesticides, has said of the 1,135 responses it received from various stakeholders, around 55 per cent were from the farming community and they expressed concern over
the possible loss to their crops if the pesticides are withdrawn from the market.
The panel, on whose recommendation the government is believed to have “watered” down its May 2020 draft gazette notification banning popular pesticides, reducing the number of proscribed ones from 27 to three, said farmer groups with which the panel and its members interacted emphasised the cost-effective protection these 27 pesticide-based formulations gave over several decades.
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