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    Govt to roll out regulatory guidelines for biostimulants

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    “Framing of rules is in final stages. As per the proposed guidelines, biostimulants will have to be first registered with government and have to prove efficacy before hitting in the market. Proper labelling will have to be done including name of manufacturers, ingredients and expiry date,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.

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    The biostimulant industry is highly unorganised with small players crowding the space. With rising demand for organic food products, the demand for organic farming will increase, which in turn will boost demand for biostimulants.
    New Delhi: The government will announce guidelines to regulate the Rs 1,500 crore market of biostimulants that promise farmers higher yields, quality and other benefits from the use of various compounds and micro organisms.

    Unlike fertilizers and pesticides, these products are not regulated and are sold without a certification of their efficacy, officials said. The government will set up a regulatory body for such products, officials said.

    “Framing of rules is in final stages. As per the proposed guidelines, biostimulants will have to be first registered with government and have to prove efficacy before hitting in the market. Proper labelling will have to be done including name of manufacturers, ingredients and expiry date,” said a senior agriculture ministry official.

    He said the need for a regulatory body has arisen as many companies have started manufacturing biostimulants without any authentic formulation.

    “Farmers are getting cheated as there is no authority to authenticate the efficacy of the growth stimulants. The regulatory body will ensure farmers get genuine products which help in improving yield per hectare,” he said.

    The biostimulant industry is highly unorganised with small players crowding the space. With rising demand for organic food products, the demand for organic farming will increase, which in turn will boost demand for biostimulants.

    “Once the industry gets regulated, all non-descript players will vanish and only those with authentic formulations will remain in the market. No biostimulant shall contain any pesticides beyond a permissible limit of 0.01ppm,” he said.

    Recently, the government tabled Pesticide Management Bill in Lok Sabha with an aim to regulate the manufacture, import, sale, storage, distribution, use and disposal of pesticides to ensure the availability of safe pesticides and minimise the risk to humans, animals and environment.

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    3 Comments on this Story

    Sudhanshu Srivastava253 days ago
    I object to the tone of this report, it is trying to paint the entire induustry as a culprit, in fact the benefits of biostimulants is well known the world over fort he last 40 years. But the Indian government is blind to these benefits and hance the Indian farmers are denied an entirely safe and revolutionary method of nutrition and growth, that also reduces the dependence on chemical fertilisers. Biostimulants are the future of agricultural nutrition management.
    Industry is in fact waiting for a firm and conclusive action on biostimulants by the government and we hope that it will be completed sooner rather than later
    Laxmikant Gavate254 days ago
    Biostimulant word cover many derivatives & beneficial plant derivatives elements.Those industries run by many small manufacturer in different states of INDIA. Industries depends on many people , Industries are provided many employments in INDIA.
    Those Industries are covered in Pesticides Bill, It is not covered in Pesticides Bill because Biostimulant are plant Growth Promoting Agent Biostimulant play role of nutrition to plant comparie to micronutrients fertilizer industry.
    So, I hope Biostimulant Government not covered to Pesticides Bill.
    Yash Vora255 days ago
    make sure we are not too dependent on them - its always good to have a backup plan - also long term effects of such things are not known
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