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Commerce Ministry urged to hunt exemption for tea sector from glyphosate use norms

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The Tea Board has urged the Commerce Ministry to take up the difficulty of exempting the tea trade from the glyphosate use norms introduced by the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare.

As per the brand new norms introduced by the Centre, the usage of glyphosate is restricted and no particular person shall use it besides the pest management operators (PCOs).

Glyphosate is a broadly used herbicide for floor functions to regulate weeds within the tea plantations for over 4 many years now. Grower organisations such because the United Planters Affiliation of South India (UPASI) have sought exemption from the brand new glyphosate use norms for the tea plantations as it might add as much as the prices.

Impacts cultivation

Tea Board, in a letter to the Commerce Ministry, mentioned by proscribing the usage of glyphosate by means of PCOs, well timed weed administration will turn into a difficult process. This can lead to substantial crop losses and an elevated financial burden on small and marginal farmers already reeling below extreme value escalation. It should have an general affect on tea cultivation, export and competitiveness within the worldwide commerce, sources mentioned.

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Contemplating the truth that about 6 lakh hectares of land are below tea plantations and that the small tea growers are principally positioned in distant and hilly areas, the necessity for skilled PCOs required to serve all the Indian tea trade will not be a possible choice, the Board mentioned.

The unavailability of PCOs in numerous distant areas will affect weed management resulting in important yield losses.

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Expert sufficient

However, the pesticides dealing with personnel in tea gardens are already nicely skilled and expert in utilizing glyphosate for the final a few years, following the norms specified by the Plant Safety Code of Tea Board India.

It additionally prompt that pesticide dealing with personnel of tea plantations, who’re skilled by the scientific personnel of Tea Analysis Institutes, on the protected dealing with of glyphosate as per norms adopted by the PCOs, could also be issued certificates duly recognised by Tea Board. Tea Plantations could also be allowed to make use of the providers of such skilled personnel for the applying of glyphosate.

States resembling Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand have moved forward to implement the brand new glyphosate sale and use norms.

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