The state agriculture department has seized 1,500-kg fake fertiliser near Bir Badhni village at Moga-Barnala national highway, 27 km from district headquarter, on Friday.
The Tempo carrying the fake fertiliser has been impounded.
Moga deputy commissioner Arshdeep Singh Thind said that the agriculture department had received a tip-off that a consignment of fake fertilizers was about to enter the market.
"As soon as we received information, a special team of agriculture department officials was constituted led by agriculture development officer Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar to catch the culprits," the DC added.
ADO Brar said, "We stopped a tempo near Bir Badhni and recovered fake fertiliser packed in bags covered with plastic sheet. Driver Sushil Kumar could not give us any relevant documents regarding the fertiliser."
Dr Brar claimed that the fake fertiliser was manufactured by Thakur Chemical Limited of Jakhoda (Haryana) under the name of Krishma brand and Ceska Cormen Limited, Mumbai, under the name of Parmanu brand.
"We have filled samples. The agriculture department has issued a show-cause notice to the manufacturing firms concerned, asking for explanation on how was this fake fertiliser prepared and how was it sent to Punjab," said Brar.
Chief agriculture officer Dr Sukhdev Singh Brar said, "The state agriculture department director and other senior officials have been informed. The samples will be sent to notified government laboratories for examination. Action will be taken after examination."
Over the last few years, the agriculture department has recovered fake pesticides worth lakhs of rupees in Moga. Four FIRs are pending in such cases.
"Seven cases pertaining to failed samples of pesticides and fertilisers are under trial in various courts so far," the CAO said.
Bhartiya Kisan Union (Lakhowal) state general secretary Bhupinder Singh Mahesri said, "We appreciate the achievement and hard work done by Dr Jaswinder Singh Brar. However, more officers of agriculture department should come forward to catch such miscreants, who are trying to sell fake fertiliser, pesticides and insecticides in the state."