The Pesticides Control Board is a statutory body, appointed by the Minister responsible for agriculture and mandated with the implementation of the provisions of the Pesticides Control Act. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the passing of the Act, on November 28th, the board hosted an event featuring a panel presentation and discussion and a demonstration expo showcasing technological innovations in pest management and outreach programs that support sustainable agriculture. The event was held under the theme “Rational Pesticide Management for Sustainable Food Systems.”
“The theme for this commemorative event is “National Pesticide Management for Sustainable Food Systems; at the bottom line for everything there is a healthy food system that we can sustain. So, it’s only through sustainable agricultural practices like National Pesticide Management that we will have a healthy food system”.
Mr. Anil Sinha: “For the management of any pest and disease, we cannot depend solely on pesticide. We have operational tools also. Whenever the last resource is pesticide, but we still have to manage them. We cannot use the big amount of pesticide and the same family also. There is another problem we have: if we are using the same family of pesticide, the pest becomes resistance to those and those things we can avoid by using alternate family; also on rotation system to grow better crops because certain crops use more nutrients and certain crops will have different problems of pest and disease. Once we rotate with different crops, then we break the cycle of those pests and that will reduce the population”.
The 25th year commemoration saw the participation of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture (MNRA), Non-governmental organizations, representatives from the agro-productive sector and the pesticide industry.