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In an interview with Mr. pradip Dave, President, PMFAI, he has mentioned various issues which pose a threat to the Indian Pesticide Industry. The Central Insecticides Board (CIB), a Government of ...

In an interview with Mr. pradip Dave, President, PMFAI, he has mentioned various issues which pose a threat to the Indian Pesticide Industry. The Central Insecticides Board (CIB), a Government of India body, has been issuing registrations for import of readymade pesticide formulations without registering the technicals. This presents a great danger for the country as even the government would not be in a position to know where the raw material comes from and whether it is toxic, sub-standard or expired. And, there will not be any pesticide manufacturing activity in the country and manufacturers will end up becoming re-packers.
He also raised concern about the ban on endosulfan. If the ban on endosulfan gets regulated the Indian pesticide industries will suffer a lot.

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    • Pradip Dave, President, PMFAI talks about the threats to Indian pesticide  Industry Even as it raises the banner of revolt against the European Union over the ban on the use of Endosulfan, the Pesticides Manufacturers and Formulators’ Association of India (PMFAI) is gearing up to lock horns with the Central Insecticides Board and the Union Ministry of Agriculture over a threat to the pesticide industry  —  issuance  of  registrations  to  import  readymade  pesticide  formulations,  without  registering the technicals. In an interview to K Rajani Kanth, PMFAI President Pradip Dave, also the vice‐president of  Endosulfan  Manufacturers  and  Formulations’  Association,  charts  the  association’s  plans,  including going to the Gujarat High Court. Edited excerpts: Besides  Endosulfan,  what  are  the  other  issues  facing  the  Indian  pesticides  industry? Lately, the Central Insecticides Board (CIB), a Government of India body, has been issuing registrations for import of readymade pesticide formulations without registering the technicals. This presents a great danger  for  the  country  as  even  the  government  would  not  be  in  a  position  to  know  where  the  raw material  comes  from  and  whether  it  is  toxic,  sub‐standard  or  expired.  And,  if  this  registration  process continues (without registering the technicals), there will not be any pesticide manufacturing activity in the country and we (manufacturers) will end up becoming re‐packers. So far, how many such registered products have entered India? Almost 18 products have been registered in the last seven‐to‐eight years, valued at more than Rs 4,000 crore, courtesy the vested interests of multinationals, especially from the European Union. Are  you  making  any  representations  to  the  Central  government  to  cease  such  registrations? As per existing regulations, the pesticide industry needs to obtain clearance from the Central and State regulatory  authorities  before  commencing  production.  All  products  need  to  be  scrutinised  and registered  by  CIB,  and  companies  are  required  to  submit  various  data  and  dossiers  to  the  authorities, which  is  not  the  case  at  present.  Pesticides  Manufacturers  and  Formulators’  Association  of  India (PMFAI), comprising 210 members – including large, medium and small‐scale manufacturers – is now in the process of filing a writ petition against the secretary, Central Registration Committee, and the Union Ministry  of  Agriculture  in  the  Gujarat  High  Court  shortly,  as  the  current  registrations  are  against  the Insecticide Act 1968. What we are demanding is that registrations be issued for formulations as well as for technicals. How has the growth been in terms of exports? Since 1967, PMFAI has been working hard to promote the export of pesticides of Indian origin. In 1997, our exports were only Rs 270 crore, while we are currently exporting pesticides worth Rs 7,800 crore. Next financial year, we will be clocking around Rs 8,500 crore, almost the size of the domestic market, which is Rs 8,000 crore. On  the  Endosulfan  front,  what  effort  is  PMFAI  making  to  take  on  the  EU’s  campaign  for  its  ban? India  manufactures  900,000  tonnes  of  Endosulfan  annually,  controlling  almost  80  per  cent  of  world production. There is a strong motivation for European multinationals to replace widely‐used generic and low‐priced pesticides with their high‐priced patented alternatives. The EU has been pushing for a global ban on Endosulfan by proposing to list it in the Stockholm Convention as a persistent organic pollutant (a toxic substance that is not biodegradable and persists in the environment). 
    • If  accepted,  and  if  everybody  starts  banning  this  product,  Endosulfan  manufacture  in  India  will  be adversely affected in the next two to three years. However, the issue cannot be challenged in court and hence we are educating the Indian consumers (farmers) through awareness campaigns to dispel myths associated with Endosulfan. Source: http://www.business‐standard.com/india/news/qa‐pradip‐dave‐president‐pmfai/425109/