Monitoring of pesticide residues at national level: annual progress report (April, 2014 - March, 2015)

During the year 2014-15, 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, samples of vegetables, fruits, spices, red chilli powder, curry leaves, rice, wheat, pulses, fish/marine, meat and egg, tea, milk and surface water were collected from the various markets such as retail outlets and agricultural produce marketing committee (APMC) markets, farm gate and organic outlets located at different parts of the country and analysed by 25 participating laboratories for the possible presence of groups of pesticide residues such as organo-chlorine, organo-phosphorous, synthetic pyrethroids, carbamates, herbicides. The present report provides a summary of the results of monitoring of pesticide residues in various food commodities and environmental samples collected and analysed during the year 2014-15 by the 25 participating laboratories.