Upasi meet to discuss pesticide residues issue

Kochi, Aug 29 | Updated: Aug 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
The 113th annual conference of the United Planters Association of South India (Upasi) to be held from September 15 to 16, will have a technical session on pesticide residues.

In the wake of growing concern over pesticide residues and most of the commodity boards taking efforts to introduce and spread good agricultural practices, the session would have experts make presentations to the growers, according to Upasi officials.

Among those expected to present papers at the technical session include pesticide residue committee chairman D Kanugo, WHO consultant SK Handa and Andrew Scot of the UK-based Tata Tetley.

This would be followed by a session on the commodity situation, which would be presented by chairmen of the different commodity boards - VJ Kurian (spices), Sajan Peter (rubber), B Banarjee (tea) and GV Krishna Rau (coffee). The session would also present an outlook and projections. Union minister of state for commerce Jairam Ramesh would be the chief guest at the conference on the final day.