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All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues
(AINP-PR)

Monitoring of Pesticide Residues

Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level   The Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level (MPRNL) scheme was initiated by the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare as a central sector scheme during 2005-06 to regularly monitor pesticide residues in food commodities and environmental samples such as soil and water. The participating laboratories in the scheme across the country represents Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer’s Welfare, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Environment and Forest, Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizer, Ministry of Commerce, Indian Council of Agriculture Research, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and State Agricultural Universities. The main objectives of the scheme include:
  • To identify crops and regions having preponderance of pesticide residues in order to focus extension efforts for Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP)
  • To test pesticide residues and other contaminants in food commodities and environmental samples like soil and water
  • To strengthen infrastructure at Quarantine stations to prevent entry of food and food commodities which have pesticide residues above maximum residue limit (MRL)
  • Testing / Certification of pesticide residue in export / import samples
Implementation of the scheme The MPRNL scheme is monitored by two committees, namely, Steering Committee and Technical Committee. The policy decisions related to the scheme are under the preview of the Steering Committee headed by the Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare and the Technical Committee, headed by the Assistant Director General (Plant Protection), Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) related to the technical issues. The Project Coordinating Cell of AINP on Pesticide Residues is the nodal center for implementation of the scheme. The Network Coordinator, All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues, ICAR-IARI, New Delhi is the Member Secretary of the scheme and is the nodal person for the day to day implementation of the scheme related to financial and technical matters and submission of monthly report, annual report and need based information to the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare. The participating laboratories collect food commodities such as vegetable, fruits, cereals, pulses, spices, curry leaves, red chilli powder, milk, egg, fish/ marine, meat, tea and oilseeds as per the approved technical programme during the annual workshop of the scheme and analyse for the possible presence of pesticide residues. The food commodities samples are collected from various retail outlets, local markets/ vendors, Agriculture Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets, farmer’s field, local farmer’s markets, CIPMC, organic outlets and Public Distribution Systems (PDS) and surface water from intensive agricultural fields from various parts of the country. In order to ensure the uniformity in the methodology like sampling, extraction and clean-up of the samples, the “Pesticide Residue Analysis Manual” reviewed and published by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, has been provided and followed by all the participating laboratories. In addition to this, need based new analytical methods are developed, validated and adopted by the laboratories.    Participating Laboratories Sample Collection and Testing Laboratories
  1. Project Coordinating Cell, All India Network Project on Pesticide Residues, LBS Building, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
  2. Department of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, Punjab
  3. ICAR Unit No.-9, BTRS Building, Anand Agricultural University, Anand, Gujarat
  4. Department of Entomology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra
  5. Department of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani, Kerala
  6. Division of Soil Science & Agricultural Chemistry, ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticulture Research, Hessaraghatta Lake Post, Bangalore, Karnataka
  7. Shri Karan Narendra Agricultural University, Jaipur, Rajasthan
  8. Professor Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, E.E.I. Premises, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
  9. Department of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  10. Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology, Sector–20, Udyog Vihar, Gurgaon, Haryana
  11. ICMR-National Institute of Occupational Health, P. B. No. 2031, Meghani Nagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
  12. Western Region Referral Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Public Health, Mumbai Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  13. MPEDA, MPEDA House, Panampilly Avenue, Kochi, Kerala
  14. Pesticide Toxicology Laboratory, Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Lucknow, Utter Pradesh
  15. National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  16. Regional Plant Quarantine Station, Haji Bunder Road, Sewri, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  17. Regional Plant Quarantine Station, G.S.T. Road, Meenambakkam, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
  18. AINP on Pesticide Residues, Directorate of Research, Research Complex Building, Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal
  19. of Entomology, Dr. Y.S.P. Univ. of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan, Himachal Pradesh
  20. Regional Plant Quarantine Station, New Delhi
  21. National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), Pesticide Management Division, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad
  22. Export Inspection Agency, Kolkata
  23. Export Inspection Agency, Mumbai
  24. Export Inspection Agency, Kochi
  25. Export Inspection Agency, Bhubaneswar
  26. Export Inspection Agency, Chennai
  27. Centre for Analysis and Learning in Livestock and Food (CALF), National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), Anand, Gujarat
  28. National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation, Nashik, Maharashtra
  29. Punjab Biotechnology Incubator Agri & Food Testing Laboratory, Mohali, Punjab
  30. Pesticide Residues and Food Quality Analysis Laboratory, P.B. No. 329, University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka
Sample collection Laboratories
  1. Central Agriculture Research Institute (CIARI), Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar
  2. ICAR-Vivekananda Parvatiya Krishi Anusandhan Sansthan, Mall Road, Almora -263601, Uttarakhand
  3. Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU) Agricultural College, Bapatla, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
Under the central sector scheme, “Monitoring of Pesticide Residues at National Level” sponsored by Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, 33 participating laboratories collect the samples of vegetable, fruits, spices, curry leaves, red chilli powder, rice, wheat, pulses, milk, fish/marine, tea, meat, egg, oilseeds and water from retail outlets, APMC markets, mother dairy, organic outlets, farm gate and farmgate samples provided by CIPMC located in different parts of India and analyze them for the possible presence of various groups of pesticides such as organo-chlorine, organo-phosphorus, synthetic pyrethroids, carbamates, neonicotinoids, herbicides, fungicides, etc.  The participating laboratories involved in sample analysis under the monitoring scheme are continuing accreditation by National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories (NABL) in the field of pesticide residue analysis as per ISO/IEC 17025. Under the scheme, the samples of vegetables, fruits, spices, red chilli powder, curry leaves, rice, wheat, pulses, fish/marine, meat and egg, tea and milk were collected from the retail outlets, mother dairy and agricultural produce marketing committee (APMC) markets, farm gate, organic outlets and surface water from water resources such as ponds, reservoirs, lakes, river, etc. located at different parts of the country and analysed by 30 NABL accredited participating laboratories for the possible presence of pesticide residues. During 2008 to 2019, a total of 2,11,188 samples of various food commodities have been collected and analysed for the presence of pesticide residues and the residues were found exceeding above Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) Maximum residue Limit (MRL) in 4,495 (2.1%) samples.   Contact Details of the Participating laboratories:  
S. No. Name of the PI with designation Name of the center with address E-Mail Contact No.
1.       Dr. K.K. Sharma Network Coordinator       Dr. Vandana Tripathy Senior Scientist   Project Coordinating Cell, AINP on Pesticide Residues, Room No. 203, LBS Building, IARI, Pusa Campus, New Delhi – 110 012 kksaicrp@yahoo.co.in           vs_agch@yahoo.com 011-25846396 (O) 011-2581083 (O) 09868510292 (M)       09601519661(M)  
2.     Dr. Smriti Sharma, Residue Analyst & Head Dept. of Entomology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana – 141 004 (Punjab)   smritisharma80@pau.edu 0161-2401962 (O) 09872524090 (M)
3.     Dr. P. G. Shah, Residue Analyst, ICAR Unit No.-9, BTRS Building, Anand Agricultural University, Anand – 388 110 (Gujarat)   paresh243@yahoo.co.in 02692-652807(O) 09426385411 (M)  
4.     Dr. Rajib Karmakar Residue Analyst, AINP on Pesticide Residues, Directorate of Research, Research Complex Building, Kalyani, Nadia-741 235 , West Bengal   rajibc183@rediffmail.com 08389817959 (M)
5.     Dr. G.Sridevi Residue Analyst & Head AINP on Pesticide Residues, Prof. Jayashankar Telangana State Agricultural University, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad – 500 030 gajula_sridevi@yahoo.com 07702688891 (M)
6.     Dr. Thomas George, Residue Analyst Dept. of Entomology, College of Agriculture, Kerala Agricultural University, Vellayani – 695 522 (Kerala)   thomasgeorgetvm@yahoo.co.uk thomas.george@kau.in 04712-380520 (O) 09447586226 (M)
7.     Dr. C.S. Patil, Residue Analyst Dept. of Entomology, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri- 413 722 (Maharashtra)   cspatils@rediffmail.com 02426- 243532 (O) 09922061475 (M)
8.     Dr. Debi Sharma, Principal Scientist Division of Soil Sci. & Agril. Chemistry, IIHR, Hessaraghatta Lake Post, Bangalore – 560 089 (Karnataka)   prliihrbangalore@gmail.com dsharma@iihr.ernet.in 080-28446649 (O) 09845270395 (M)
9.     Dr. J.K. Dubey, Residue Analyst Dept. of Entomology, Dr. Y.S.P. Univ. of Horticulture & Forestry, Nauni, Solan – 173 230 (H.P.)   jkdubey14@yahoo.com 01792 -252191 (O) 09418116150 (M)
10.  Dr. A.R.K. Pathan, Residue Analyst Dept. of Entomology, SKRAU, Agricultural Research Station, Durgapura – 302 018, Jaipur (Rajasthan)   arkpathan@gmail.com prskraudpr@yahoo.com 0141-2721303 (O) 09928348095 (M)
11.  Dr. K. Bhuvaneswari, Professor Dept. of Agricultural Entomology, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore – 641 003.   bhuvanetnau@gmail.com   0422-6611295(O) 09944050779 (M)
12.  Dr. R.J. Zende Residue Analyst Western Region Referral Laboratory, Department of Veterinary Public Health, Bombay Veterinary College, Parel, Mumbai – 400 012 ravindrazende@gmail.com ravindra.zende70@gmail.com 022 -2413 1180 / 2792 / 7030 (O) 09969625744 (M)  
13.  Dr. Mahesh G, Deputy Director (QC Lab), MPEDA, MPEDA House, Panampilly Avenue, Post Box No. 4272, Kochi – 682 036 , Kerala   mahesh@mpeda.gov.in 0484-2311033 (O)
14.  Dr. Lalitesh Thakur,   Pesticide Residue Laboratory, Institute of Pesticide Formulation Technology (IPFT), Sector – 20, Udyog Vihar, Gurugram – 122 016   thakurlk1964@rediffmail.com 0124-2341361 (O) 09868721652 (M)
15.  Dr. P. Sivaperumal, Scientist, Pesticide Residue Laboratory, National Institute of Occupational Health, P. B. No. 2031, Meghani Nagar, Ahmedabad – 380 016   sivaperum2003@yahoo.co.in 91-79-22688864/ 65 / 56 (O) 09904721778 (M)
16.  Dr. Sheelendra Pratap Singh, Scientist (Analytical Chemistry Laboratory/Pesticide Toxicology), CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research, M.G. Marg, Lucknow, Pin-226001 (U.P.) shilu1july@gmail.com 91-522-2613786 (O) Ext-667   08052427555 (M)
17.  Dr. Kavita Gandhi, Scientist, Analytical Instruments Division, National Environmental Engineering Research Institute, Nehru Marg, Nagpur – 440 020   kn_gandhi@neeri.res.in 09822082027 (M)
18.  Dr. T.P. Swarnam, Principal Scientist, Division of NRM, Central Agricultural Research Institute (ICAR), Post Box No. 181, Port Blair-744101, (A & N Islands), India   mprnlani2017@gmail.com swarna_8@yahoo.com 09679541781 (M) 09933270521(M)
19.  Dr. Nirmali Saikia (Joint Director, chem.) National Institute of Plant Health Management, Rajendra Nagar, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Ministry of Agriculture,  Hyderabad – 400 030   nirmalisaikia5@gmail.com 040-24010106 (O) 8008260926 (M)
20.  Dr. P.K. Gupta, Director (Acting),       Dr. R. C. Gupta, Asstt. Director (Pl. Path.) & Quality Manager National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation, Bagwani Bhawan, Plot No. 47, Institutional Area, Janakpuri, Pankha Road, New Delhi-110 058 National Horticultural Research & Development Foundation, Chitegaon Phata, Post Darnasangvi, Nashik-Aurangabad Road, Taluka Niphad, Distt. Nashik – 422 003 (Maharashtra) delhi@nhrdf.com           nashik@nhrdf.com   011-28524150, 28522211         02550 – 237816, 202422
21.  Dr. (Mrs.) Ajit Dua, Chief Executive Officer, Punjab Biotechnology Incubator (PBTI), Agri- and Food Testing Laboratory, SCO: 7-8, Top Floor, Phase V, SAS Nagar, Mohali, Punjab – 160 059   pbti2005@yahoo.com ajit_dua@pbtilabs.com 0172 – 5020895
22.  Dr. M. Bheemanna, Professor and Head, Pesticide Residue and Food Quality Analysis Laboratory, P.B. No. 329, UAS, Raichur, – 584 104 Karnataka   bheemuent@rediffmail.com, head.prfqal@gmail.com 08532-297313 (O) 09448633232 (M)
23.  Dr. Rajesh Nair, Director   Centre for Analysis & Learning in Livestock & Food (CALF), P.B. No 40, National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) Anand – 388 001 rajeshnair@nddb.coop anand@nddb.coop, 02692- 226311 (O) 07574835057 (M)
24.  Dr. Sabeerali A.M, Assistant Director Export Inspection Council of India, 3rd Floor, NDYMCA Cultural Centre Building 1, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi – 110 001   tech3@eicindia.gov.in 011- 23748189 23365540
25.  The Director EIA, Mumbai Aman Chambers, 4th Floor, 400004, 113, Maharshi Karve Road, Churchgate, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400032   eia-mumbai-lab2@eicindia.gov.in 022 – 23630113
26.  The Director, EIA, Kolkata Export Inspection Agency, World Trade Centre, 14/1B Ezra Street, Kolkata – 700 001.   eia-kolkatalab@eicindia.gov.in 033 – 22355004 / 22352651
27.  The Director, EIA, Kochi Export Inspection Agency, 1767 A, Shipyard Quarters Road, Panampilly Nagar (South), Kochi, Kerala 682036   eia-kochilab@eicindia.gov.in   0484 – 2316945
28.  The Director, EIA, Bhubaneswar N1 / 271, Nayapalli, CRPF Square, RC Village, Bhubaneswar – 751 015   eia-bhubaneswar@eicindia.gov.in   0674 – 2556165
29.  Dr. D.C. Rajak, Joint Director National Plant Quarantine Station, Rangpuri, New Delhi – 110 037   ppocmprnl@gmail.com npqfc@nic.in 011-26899297
30.  Dr. P. S. Nain, Joint Director (PP) Regional Plant Quarantine Station, Sewri (E), Haji Bunder Road, Mumbai – 400 015 (Maharashtra)   rpqfstm@nic.in   022 – 23757459
31.  Dr. Sanjay Arya, Deputy Director(E) Regional Plant Quarantine Station, GST Road , Meenambakkam, Chennai – 600 027 (Tamil Nadu) rpqfsc@nic.in   044 – 22323888 22347522
32.  Dr. A.R.N.S. Subanna, PI   Dr. Amit , Co-PI ICAR-VPKAS, Almora – 263601
33.  Dr. Cherikuri Sreenivasan Rao   Acharya.N.G. Ranga Agricultural University, LAM, Guntur-522 034 (A.P) cherukurisreenivasarao@yahoo.com 09441026576 (M)