Question raised in Rajya Sabha on use of pesticides in farming, 13/03/2020

State Governments and Union Territories report data related to consumption of pesticides to Central Government. As per the provided data, the trend of consumption of chemical pesticides has varied from year to year and State to State. Pesticide use depends on several factors like area under cultivation, type of crop, cropping intensity, agro climatic conditions, soil condition, weed, insect and disease situation etc. It is pertinent to mention that the use of bio-pesticides is showing increasing trend in the various States.