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An Assessment of Regulatory Framework for Monitoring of Pesticides in Sindh Province of Pakistan

A.A. Khooharo , R.A. Memon , M.Y. Memon and M.U. Mallah
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Numerous companies have entered the pesticide market in Pakistan due to windfall profits and liberal policies of the government since 1980s, when new agriculture policy was announced and the import and sale of pesticides were shifted to private sector. Easy imports, low prices and availability of a variety of pesticides are the distinct advantages of liberal policies. On the other hand, sale of substandard pesticides is a common problem of farming community due to regulatory and institutional deficiencies. This study was conducted to evaluate and to redesign regulatory framework for monitoring of pesticides by Agriculture Extension in view of stakeholders` perceptions during 2003-04. Finding of the study revealed that during three years (2000-2002) 2190 samples were tested in provincial laboratories of Sindh and 268 (12%) were declared substandard. Out of 268, 150 FIRs (56%) were lodged and 86 (32%) cases were challenged in courts while only 47 (18%) cases were decided by the courts. Majority of the stakeholders including District Officers Agriculture (100%) and Sales Executives(63%) were not satisfied with the present monitoring system for pesticides. All the Pesticide Dealers interviewed were of the opinion that pesticide companies be named in FIR when samples are declared unfit by the laboratories, because they purchase sealed pesticides from pesticide companies.

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A.A. Khooharo , R.A. Memon , M.Y. Memon and M.U. Mallah , 2006. An Assessment of Regulatory Framework for Monitoring of Pesticides in Sindh Province of Pakistan . Journal of Applied Sciences, 6: 2756-2761.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2006.2756.2761


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