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Pesticide Poisoning in India

Challenges of Data and Management in Public Health

Pesticide Poisoning in India

Across the world, studies show rising numbers in pesticide poisonings. Pesticide poisoning is a big problem in India. Due to various challenges, the data on pesticide poisoning compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau is not comprehensive. There is a direct linkage between intensive pesticide usage and poisoning. Pesticide poisoning—a growing public health issue—is ignored by the medical community, police, agriculture departments, and other regulatory authorities.


Pesticide poisoning is a huge problem across the world that is getting worse with every passing year. In rural areas, with the chemical burden increasing every year, it is beco­ming a bigger problem.

In a study by Boedecker et al (2020), approximately 7,40,000 annual cases of unintentional accidental pesticide poisoning (UAPP) were reported, of which 7,446 were fatal deaths. This study estimates the occurrence of about 385 million cases of UAPP annually worldwide. This means that about 44% of the 860 million farmers globally are poisoned by pesticides every year. The highest number among these UAPP cases is estimated in South Asia, especially in India.

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Updated On : 15th Nov, 2021


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