Farmers in India is facing series problems one after the other as drought, price variations etc and now the new problem is in the form of European Union (EU) decision to bring down the maximum residue limits (MRL) for Tricyclazole in imported Rice shipments.
Tricyclazole is a fungicide sprayed on Basmati Paddy crops 3 to 4 times that could even be done after 90 days of transplantation in order to protect from leaf and neck blast disease in rice.
The All India Rice Exporters Association (AIREA) has asked the farmers not to spray beyond 70-75 days after transplanting. Out of the total 4 million tons of Basmati Rice exported from India, European Union alone imports about 0.35 million tons annually, with much of it constituting Pusa-1401 and Pusa Basmati-1 Rice.
The farmers and the association has urged the government to take the matter seriously, as till now there is now health issues have been reported from the use of this fungicide.