As per the estimates of Central Statistics Office, the Indian agriculture sector remains the backbone of the nation’s economy accounting for about 15% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product. But it has to be understood that Indian agriculture is highly monsoon dependent and out of the 142 million hectares of net sown area, only 45% or 64 million hectares have access to irrigation facilities. Apart from high dependency on monsoon and irrigation facilities, the situation becomes critical when it is noted that about 15-25% potential crop production is lost due to pests, weeds and diseases. Therefore, in order to meet the growing demand borne out of increasing population, the productivity of the crops and efficient utilization of the arable land become essential factors. Thus in order to enhance productivity, the usage of pesticides play a vital role.
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