India: Draft Bill on regulating pesticides could punish farmers who use spurious products, experts fear

The draft Pesticides Management Bill expands on the Insecticides Act of 1968 in defining usage and registration of pesticides. The draft Bill retains for the Central government the powers it already has in the Insecticides Act. This is disappointing for states such as Maharashtra and Punjab, which have been asking for greater control over the pesticides sold in their territories.