16 November 2022, Mumbai: The 54th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and the Industry Meet of Pesticides Manufacturers & Formulators Association of India (PMFAI) was held last week in Mumbai.
The Industry Meet was attended by dignitaries from the Government, Senior Scientists, and Industry Executives from Agrochemical Industry. PMFAI President Mr. Pradip Davegave a detailed account of PMFAI’s efforts to safeguard the interests of the Indian Pesticides Industry.
Dr. Vishal Choudhary in his address informed the industry about various initiatives by the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers to support the growth of the indigenous Agrochemical sector and promote the concept of “Make in India”.
Separate classification of Technical Grade Pesticides and Formulation products
Dr. Choudhary briefed the gathering about steps taken by the Department for separate classification of Technical Grade Pesticides and Formulation products under Chapter 29 and Chapter 38 which will help levy differential Customs Duty tariffs on Finished Products and Manufacturing Use products. He also informed that to start with, Department will be recommending 15 Technical grade products under Chapter 29 for levying 10% Customs Duty and 50 Formulation products under Chapter 38 for levying 20% Customs duty.
Mr. Anay Amin, Senior Associate & Attorney, Y.J. Trivedi & Company, Ahmedabad made an informative presentation on “Decoding the recent case of FMC vs Nacto Pharma Ltd” over the manufacturing process of Chlorantraniliprole (CTPR). Mr. Amin in his presentation explained about different types of patents; how the difference between product patents and process patent is crucial in determining infringement of process patents.
Defending Chlorpyrifos at Stockholm Convention
Dr. K.N. Singh, Vice President, Gharda Chemicals Ltd. shared how PMFAI’s core group made efforts to defend Chlorpyrifos at Stockholm Convention as the European Union (EU) proposed listing Chlorpyrifos in Annexure-A to Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
Dr. Singh informed that now the industry must submit comments and suggestions to Stockholm Convention Secretariat by 5th December 2022 and he requested the industries manufacturing Chlorpyrifos to share information and study reports which will support to confirm that Chlorpyrifos may not bioaccumulate/biomagnify and lead to significant adverse effects to human health in the arctic.
PMFAI also felicitated Professor G.D. Yadav on his recent induction as a Fellow of the Prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Washington DC, US for his contribution to Research, Innovation, and Education in Green Chemistry, Catalysis, Nanotechnology, and Chemical Engineering. Prof. Yadav has played a played vital role in the development and progress of the Indian Chemical and Agrochemical Industry which helped the industry to serve as one of the major contributors to the nation’s GDP.
Chairman & Managing Director of UPL Ltd, Shri Rajjubhai Shroff while addressing the gathering advised the industry on the need to fearlessly counter critics of Pesticides, as it is the same technology that helped the nation to achieve success in agricultural production and food deficit nation to food surplus nation.
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