No. PR – 152
November 29th, 2021
PHDCCI submits a Technical Guidance Booklet for Production of Basmati Rice to eliminate issue of Pesticide Residue to Chairman APEDA
A delegation of PHD Chamber Members from Agribusiness sector led by Shri Nand Kishore Aggarwal, Chair, Shri Kapil Chaudhary, Co Chair, called on the office of Dr. M Angamuthu, Chairman APEDA and submitted a Technical Guidance Booklet for production of Basmati Rice. The Booklet consists of revised Procedure of Practices for spray of agro chemicals to be followed by growers for effective pest management and to ensure there are no residues of agro chemicals in the final produce. The POP has been designed and based on parameters like adoption of products with defined pre harvest interval that are approved by CIB, CODEX and the major importing countries like the EU & the US. The booklet suggests a bouquet of such products based on identified disease of paddy from seed sowing stage till harvest stage.
In April this year, taking a cue from the effect of Pesticide residues on Rice export, PHDCCI took the lead and invited the rice exporters for an interaction to understand their operational issues. Thereafter, a committee consisting of technical experts from agro chemical industry was set up. Based on concerns raised by exporters, the experts drafted the Procedure of Practices for grwoers (POP).
In the meeting today Dr. Angamuthu received the booklet and the presentation made by PHDCCI on the process adopted for formulating the PoP. He appreciated the PHDCCI initiative and agreed to share with all stakeholders to get field trials done and provide feedback for verification and adoption. He commended on the way the booklet has spelt out the issue and provided solution. He agreed that APEDA would take a lead in getting it vetted and implemented in the States. The meeting was also joined by Dr Vijay Sardana, agriculture policy expert and leading advocate, who has played a pivotal role in finalising of the Booklet. Mr N K Arora and Mr K S Thyagarajan, joined the meeting representing Crystal Crop Protection Ltd. Ms mallika Verma, Director Food Processing and Dr Babeeta Singh Director, Agribusiness represented PHD CCI.
PHDCCI’s meeting was supported by Annual Sponsors such as, Multani Pharmaceuticals Limited; P G Industry; Uflex Ltd; DLF Limited; Continental Carriers Pvt Ltd; Belair Travel & Cargo Pvt Ltd; Radico Khaitan Limited, Paramount Communications; Superior Industries Limited; JK Tyre & Industries Ltd; Comtech Interio; R E Rogers; Apeejay Stya Group; EaseMyTrip; Blossom Kochhar Beauty Products Pvt Ltd; MV Cotspin Ltd; Synergy Environics Ltd; Ajit Industries Pvt Ltd; P S BEDI & Co.; Indian Farmer & Fertilizers Corporation Ltd; Jindal Steel; Hindware Sanitary; Modern Automobiles.
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