The Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare on 21st October 2022, notified the Insecticides (Draft) amendment Rules, 2022 and has invited objections/suggestions from the public which shall be addressed to the Joint Secretary (Plant Protection), Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi-110 001 or through email at email@example.com within 30 days.
The amendment is brought under rule 4B which states that “A person who applies for manufacturing licence shall possess or shall employ a person possessing the following educational qualification:
- Doctorate in Chemistry or Agriculture Chemistry or Agriculture chemicals or Master of Technology or Master of Science in Chemical engineering or equivalent for manufacture of technical grade insecticides.
- Graduate degree in Agriculture or Science with Chemistry as one of the subject for manufacture of insecticides formulation.
Provided that a person possessing a manufacturing licence on the date of notification of this sub-rule shall be allowed a period of four years to comply with the educational qualification or a period of one year to employ a person possessing the said qualification.