Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
25-February-2011 15:46 IST
Harmful Effects of Insecticides on Food Grains, Vegetables and Fruits

Insecticides, if used as per the label claim approved by the Registration Committee constituted under section 5 of Insecticides Act, 1968, do not pose any hazard or affect the safety of food. Insecticides are registered after evaluating the comprehensive data as per the laid down guidelines in respect of the product for bio-efficacy, chemistry and safety to human being. The ingredients/contents of the products are examined from the medical toxicology angle to ensure safety to human being and animals and matters related therewith as per approved guidelines of the Registration Committee.

However, misuse or abuse of insecticides may result in harmful effect on health and environment. Therefore, Central and State Governments impart training to the farmers for safe use of insecticides. Farmers are advised to use registered quality insecticides in recommended dosage and observe the required precautions and other instructions as given on labels and leaflets. He denied that the number of all species of birds is slowly decreasing due to eating of food grains containing insecticides and water and air are getting polluted.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Shri Srikant Kumar Jena in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today.