A recent report by the Delhi-based NGO Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has raised the alarm over the threat of pepper plants in the country.
According to the report, more than two lakh people are infected every year due to plant pests that are able to spread to people’s homes.
In the last two years, more people were infected with pepper plants than any other disease.
In India, the disease has been known to spread through eating raw or undercooked fruits and vegetables, especially those with the seeds or leaves in them, such as pepper, or through consuming leaves from other varieties of the plant, such and cucumber.
“There is a lot of research to prevent this, but the governments and authorities are slow in implementing it,” said PAN founder Pankaj Sharma.
The report points out that the Indian government is yet to implement a single-window clearance system that would help ensure that the pest does not reach people’s home.
In its 2014-15 report, the government had recommended that “there is a concerted effort to address the threat posed by these pests.”
However, it has not acted on the recommendations.
The government has not implemented any new laws on the issue, according to Sharma.PAN has also pointed out that despite a significant amount of scientific research, there is still no concerted effort on the part of the government to control the spread of the pest.”PAN is urging the government and government agencies to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of our residents,” he said.
“We are hopeful that the government will implement a national action plan to eradicate pepper plant diseases, and also work towards ensuring that it does not spread through our food.”
Sharma said that he was also shocked to find that the pesticide industry in India was largely responsible for the spread and spread of pepper plant disease.
“If you look at the statistics, the largest companies responsible are the chemicals manufacturers, which are responsible for about 50 per cent of the total [pesticide] usage,” he explained.
“The major players in the pesticide sector are the companies like DuPont, Dow, BASF and Syngenta, and the major pesticides companies are the chemical firms that are buying the chemicals from the government.”
These companies have been responsible for much of the spread in this pest.
“The report noted that these pesticides are used in nearly 70 per cent the country’s food production, including fruits and vegetable production.”
The report says that these numbers are higher than the current prevalence of the disease.”
The pesticide industry is responsible for nearly 20 per cent [of the pest] population.”PAN says that the number of cases of pepper crop pest is estimated at 1.1 million in India, with about 3.4 lakh of these cases in Delhi alone.
The report says that these numbers are higher than the current prevalence of the disease.