Toxic treatment

Pesticide consumption in Punjab shot up following the Green Revolution. According to the Directorate of Plant Protection and Quarantine, pesticide consumption in the state increased from 3,200 tonnes in 1980-81 to 7,300 tonnes in 1994-95 but came down to 5,970 tonnes in 2005-06 Pesticide use in Punjab is the highest at about 923 g/hectare and 90 per cent of it is used on cotton, rice and vegetables Pesticide consumption was the highest in 2003-04 at 6,900 tonnes as per the Economic Survey, Punjab, 2007

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