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Punjab agriculture department starts drive to check sale of spurious pesticides

Deputy director Gurdial Singh, who was also part of the team, said the teams were meant to ensure that cotton crop loss did not occur on the scale it happened in 2015.

punjab Updated: Jul 28, 2017 19:59 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mansa
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State agriculture department officials collecting samples from shops and godowns in Mansa on Friday.(HT Photo)

To check the sale of spurious pesticide, state agriculture department joint director Dr Rajesh Vashisht led a team that paid a surprise visit to shops and godowns in Mansa on Friday. The department has formed four teams, each under a joint director, which will visit godowns and store houses of pesticides, seeds, fertilisers in the four cotton producing districts of Bathinda, Mansa, Fazilka and Muktsar.

“We are part of a flying squad authorised to visit licenced stores and godowns of fertilizers and other agri-inputs. The drive has been launched to ensure that the farmers are able to purchase quality products,” said Vashisht. Officials from the local agriculture department set-up also accompanied the teams. Samples were also collected.

Deputy director Gurdial Singh, who was also part of the team, said the teams were meant to ensure that cotton crop loss did not occur on the scale it happened in 2015.

“We are checking the products that the farmers use to wipe out whitefly pest from the cotton crop. We want to ensure that farmers get the quality product to save their crop from any natural calamity,” said Gurdial Singh.

Deputy commissioner Dharam Pal Gupta assured the team of every possible logistical support during their checking.

Two held for selling ‘fake’ pesticide in Bathinda

Bathinda Police have arrested two Haryana residents, namesake Somvir Singh, for allegedly selling ‘fake’ pesticides for whitefly to cotton farmers in Kotli Sabo village. Sangat SHO inspector Paramjit Singh said, “The accused were misleading farmers and selling a product meant for growth of the plant as a pesticide against whitefly on cotton.”

An inspector with the agriculture department Jaskaran Singh lodged a complaint and a case was registered under Section 420 (cheating) of the IPC.

First Published: Jul 28, 2017 19:59 IST