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Indian Parliament to mull pesticide bill

India's pesticides management bill has been listed as "number one" on the agenda of the upper House of Parliament, the Rajya Sabha, reveals Partho Lahiri, chairman and managing director of Isagro Asia, and chairman of industry association CropLife India. The bill is intended to replace the Insecticide Act of 1968. It was delayed after being introduced in Parliament in 2008. The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on Agriculture (SCA) for review, says Lahiri. The government accepted 24 of SCA's recommendations and submitted a list of amendments along with the bill for discussion in the Rajya Sabha. It is awaiting formal debate and passage.



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