All samples of fertilisers zink sulphate and sulphur tested, so far, after collection from Jaitu have failed the quality test.
After farmers at Jaitu town in Faridkot district had raised the issue on July 11, the agriculture department had collected the samples and tested the products. The chief agriculture officer had led the operation.
"Three of four samples of 33% zink sulphate from 156 bags of 5 kilograms each have failed the tests, and the report on one is awaited," Kaur Singh Dhillon, chief agriculture officer of Faridkot, has confirmed. "The zink sulhate nutrient in the samples was only 22%."
The 19 packets of 5-kg sulpur each, to the investigators' shock, contained no sulphur at all, though the label suggested the content was 80%. Another sample of sulphur from a 9-kg pack had only 42% fertiliser.
The department also took samples from some open bags of fertiliser di-ammonium phosphate (DAP), and sealed the warehouse of the particular shop at Jaitu. "All samples tested, so far, have failed," said CAO Sandhu. "I have issued notices to the shopkeeper concerned. We received the analysis in a few days. It will help us initiate criminal proceedings against the shopkeeper."
The shopkeeper named has three licences (wholesale, retail, and pesticides). Under the rule, shopkeepers are first called for personal hearing, and then the licence can be either suspended or cancelled.