An Economic Insight into Pesticide Usage in Indian Agriculture and its Policy Implications

Published On: 2023-09-18 10:04:50

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Author: M.L. Nithyashree, K.S. Aditya, R. Raju, P. Venkatesh and P. Anbukkani

Author Address: Scientist and Senior Scientist, Division of Agricultural Economics, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi-110 012 (Delhi)

Keywords: Export rejections, pesticide restriction, pesticides use pattern, residual effect.

JEL Codes: O13, Q12, Q18.


Among the agri-inputs, pesticide use will continue as an efficient crop protection measure. An appropriate pesticide choice, use, and disposal are crucial to moderating the hazard. The study analysed the pesticide use pattern and its effect on agri-export by highlighting the significant concerns that need attention to regulate the risk of pesticide use. The results indicated a rising trend in pesticide use, with a growth rate of 1.54 percent per annum in the recent period. Due to the pesticide residues, European markets have the highest (12.80 per cent) export rejections. The existence of substandard and spurious pesticides, research on pesticide application behaviour and hazardous pesticide restriction is to be treated as critical in India to moderate the pesticide hazard. 


Indian J Econ Dev, 2023, 19(3), 666-671