Welcome to AINP on Pesticide Residues
The All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Pesticide Residues, later re-designated as the All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues (AINP-PR), was established by the Government of India under the aegis of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research during the year 1984-85 to overcome the problem of widespread contamination of pesticides in various food commodities and environmental factors such as water and soil in India. The project has presently 19 coordinated centres, with project coordinating cell (nodal centre) at ICAR-IARI, New Delhi. 14 laboratories under the project are accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories (NABL) in the field of chemical testing as per ISO/IEC 17025 to ensure quality data generation.
Fixation of MRLs-FAO-WHO-CODEX (CXLs)
India is the largest exporter of spices in the world and face frequent rejection of spices due to trace level of pesticide residues as there are very few MRLs at Codex level. In order to facilitate the smooth export of spices, pesticide residue monitoring data were generated under the DAC&FW sponsored Central Sector Scheme, “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level”, during 2007-2012. India submitted its monitoring data to FAO/WHO Joint Meeting of Pesticide Residue (JMPR). Subsequently the residue data generated during 2007-12 were submitted to JMPR for risk assessment and MRL fixation.
Project Coordinator’s message
Crop protection chemicals are an integral component of agriculture as they play a key role in protecting the crop and produce from pests and increasing the farm productivity. However, their non-judicious use has resulted in undesirable residues in food, feed, soil and water. Pesticides in India are registered under the Insecticide Act, 1968, and pesticide residue in food commodities are regulated through the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.