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AINP on Pesticide Residues, Anand



  • Study the dissipation and persistence of pesticides in crops from supervised field trials following good agricultural practices (GAP) to work out safe time limits (pre-harvest intervals) between pesticide application and harvest of the produce.
  • Development of new analytical methods for the estimation of pesticides and their metabolites in food commodities and environmental samples.
  • Validated methods used for the identification and quantification of the possible presence of pesticide residues for the samples collected from marketplaces, farm-gate levels and meant for export.
  • Study the effect of various methods for effective decontamination of pesticide residues.
  • Study the degradation pattern of pesticide in or on the soil, plant and water.
  • Screen out different agricultural produce drawn from farmer’s field to judge the pesticide usage pattern, so as to educate and train the farmers and extension workers in proper handling and use of pesticides.
  • Conduct a market survey of agricultural produce based on which dietary intake of pesticide can be predicted and thus assess the risk to the general public on account of pesticide residues by comparing daily dietary intake of pesticides with Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI).
  • Monitor agricultural produce and environmental samples for the possible presence of pesticide residues.
  • Generated information utilized for the consumers, certified organic growers, exporters and implementation of the Food Safety Standard Authority Act of India.  
  • Determine the “Maximum Residue Limit (MRL)” of pesticides by conducting field trials by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) in conjunction with the data obtained from the toxicological studies.
  • To maintain up-to-date information on pesticide residues and to provide guidelines in this regard to research and extension workers in the country.
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