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. The project has been generating persistence/residue data of pesticides on crops in different agro climates for fixing the Pre-Harvest Interval (PHI), approval of label claim and fixation of maximum residue limits (MRLs) for the safety of the consumers.
The project continues to function during 2017-20 (Thematic Area; Plant Protection and Pollinator Research vide ICAR SFC F.No. CS.8/2/2017-IA-III dated 11th January, 2018) with a total plan outlay of Rs. 2023.50 lakhs (ICAR share Rs. 1587.10 Lakhs; State share Rs. 436.40 Lakhs).