PUNE: Agro Inputs Manufacturers Association of India (AIM) has welcomed the inclusion of bio-stimulants in the Fertiliser Control Order but demanded that the Government should allow MSMEs to submit pooled data, collected by the association, for the registration process and enable them to carry on their business. The Pune-based Association, which was set up in 2010, has around 300 members and is in the possession of data for 8 major bio-stimulants. The association has a pan-India presence.
Pointing out that it would be difficult and unviable for the individual manufacturer to source these data, AIM Association wants that its pooled data should be allowed to be used by small manufacturers for completing their registration process. A notification issued in 2019 had brought Bio-stimulants into the purview of the Fertiliser Control Order (FCO) 1985.
AIM feels that the guidelines should also encourage innovation, be more industry-friendly, and promote label claim-based products, which can double farmers’ income and make them prosperous. Since its establishment, the industry body took a very proactive approach and started data creation work for biostimulants. AIM Association is now in the possession of all the requisite data which is required for the inclusion of bio-stimulant in Schedule VI as per notification.
AIM has proposed to the government authorities to accept this pool of data so that the small to medium industries can use this data and keep their business prospects alive. The per-product cost of the above data creation is around Rs 30 lakhs, which is not affordable for MSMEs.The association argues that pool data is not a new concept in the registration of agrochemicals and therefore, the same should be accepted in the case of bio-stimulants. This will instantly enable AIM’s 300 odd members to continue their businesses. The use of pool data will save repetition of work and will save time, energy, and national wealth.
The most important use of this Pool Data will be the success of new bio-stimulant notification as thousands of small to big manufacturers can avail this data and register themselves in the new Schedule VI.
“We welcome the new Bio-stimulant notification bringing Bio-stimulants under the purview of FCO 1985. This step will give Bio-stimulants a ‘registered Agri input’ status and will benefit genuine manufacturers to carry out their business with pride and authenticity,” said Rajkumar Dhurgude, President of AIM.
“AIM Association’s Pool Data must be accepted. Individual data creation is a very costly affair for MSMEs and SMEs. We, as an association, are in possession of all the requisite data required for permanent registration of Bio-stimulants in Schedule VI of FCO 1985. This will give respite to small to medium manufacturers and their business prospects will not be hampered.” said Sameer Pathare, Secretary, AIM Association.
“We should look beyond present biostimulant regulations and their administrative challenges. Let’s prepare ourselves to accept the challenges and treat this as an opportunity to take our business and industry to the next level “ said Vaibhav Kashikar, Deputy Secretary, AIM Association.
Among other demands, the association said there is a need to extend the validation period of the Provisional Registration Certificate (Form G3) ending on the February 22, 2023, deadline by at least one year. Also, to curb lacing/adulteration in bio-stimulants, the Minimum Residue Limit (MRL) of 0.01 ppm should be increased to a minimum of 5-10 ppm. It is to be noted 0.01 ppm limit can be detected due to instrument contamination as well as water contamination used for the formulation of products.
The association feels that even if a pesticide is laced with 1-5 ppm, it can’t harm any insect. So it is not serving any purpose other than future litigations under Insecticide Act. The policy of Import of biostimulants as raw materials should be defined urgently. Importers should be exempted from the registration process for Bio-stimulants.
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