Biotech Updates

Book on Pesticides Published by India

November 13, 2009

A new book Pesticides, their classification by WHO and global status of hazardous pesticides was recently published by the National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), India. The book throws light on the classification of pesticide active ingredients on the basis of their toxicity to non-target organism by the World Health Organization covering information on all the 217 pesticides registered in India as on date. It includes trade name, registered formulations, target pests and crops which they are applied to, dose of application, waiting period and their mode of action.

Most important and valuable information, which is not available at one place, is the maximum residue limit (MRL) of almost all pesticides, fixed by ICMR (under Food Prevention and Adulteration Act 1954), on various crops. It also gives information on status and impact of pesticides, latest consumption of pesticides crop wise and state wise, status of hazardous pesticides (as per WHO) in other countries, various toxicity categories and decontamination methods of pesticides.

For a copy of this document contact Dr. Sumitra Arora, National Centre for Integrated Pest Management (NCIPM) at or visit NCIPM at