December 01, 2019 07:23 PM
1) India and 16 other countries complain to WTO about EU's reduced pesticide residue limits not being backed by science. https://www.freshplaza.com/article/9162311/india-and-16-other-nations-complain-to-wto-about-eu-s-pesticide-residue-limits/
2) Thousands of migratory birds died in Jaipur, pesticide laden seed suspected to have been the reason behind it. www.indiatoday.in/india/story/jaipur-1000-migratory-birds-dead-sambhar-lake-1618141-2019-11-12
3) A new study uses primary survey data collected from Vidarbha, Maharashtra, to analyse pest attacks and pest management practices among cotton farmers who are at the risk of long-term exposure to toxic pesticides. We find that despite a reduction in bollworm infestations, secondary pest pressure is high. Farmers use pesticides indiscriminately and there is widespread practice of using “pesticide cocktails.” Farmers also mix pesticides with fertilisers. The use of weedicides and “tonics” is also widely prevalent. Farmers who perceive pesticides as yield-enhancing input spent more per acre on them. These findings raise concerns about the role of agricultural input dealers in filling up the agricultural information void for pest management.
4) ‘Raising awareness, compliance were key to reducing pesticide use’: Punjab Agriculture Secretary, Kahan Singh Pannu, states that Punjab has been able to cut down its pesticide use quite significantly.
5) A pesticide series special by Deccan Herald (on risk of multiple pesticide residues, lack of science in pesticide management in India and how farmers, consumers and ecology fall prey to pesticides): https://www.deccanherald.com/specials/insight/risk-of-multiple-pesticide-residues-774952.html
6) Maharashtra state government doubles compensation for pesticide inhalation deaths from Rs 2 lakhs to Rs 4 lakhs. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/nagpur/compensation-for-pesticide-inhalation-deaths-doubled/articleshow/71912482.cms