Reacting to the reports on seed dealers from Gujarat illegally operating in Bathinda, deputy commissioner Basant Garg has directed the agriculture and the police department to take action against such elements.
It must be mentioned that many seed dealers from outside the state sold spurious cotton seeds, prone to pest attack, to gullible farmers last year.
Garg said they were holding regular meetings with seed dealers from time to time in order to ensure that only recommended varieties of seeds were being provided to farmers this year. “Many of the dealers, especially from Gujarat are publicising duplicate seeds among farmers and it cannot be tolerated at any cost,” Garg said.
He added that the administration was making all possible efforts to ensure proper cotton crop and yield this year. “The Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) and agriculture department experts are creating awareness among farmers. We have taken steps to eliminate whitefly before the cotton crop seeds is sowed, for which an exhaustive plan has been drawn,” he informed.
Meanwhile, chief agriculture officer Nachhattar Singh Aulakh said the farmers were being asked to sow only 38 verities seeds, which have been recommended by the PAU. “Pamphlets have been distributed among the farmers, besides training camps at villages, to make them aware about the recommended seeds and pesticides,” he said.
He added that some people were falsely selling seeds, claiming it to be whitefly-resistant. “During regular inspections, it was found that some farmers are buying non-recommended varieties, which are more vulnerable to pest attack and can cause huge damage to the crop and the farmers may end up suffering losses like last year,” he said.