SRINAGAR: The Department of Horticulture, with the support of the Divisional Administration of Kashmir, today carried out a successful valley-wide campaign against the sale of counterfeit and adulterated pesticides.
The said campaign was carried out against the backdrop of the UT government’s policy to increase farmers’ incomes by providing them with standard pesticides/fertilizers and curbing the influx of bogus versions of these inputs.
Taking the lead, Director General (DG) Horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat visited Pulwama and Budgam districts and inspected various pesticide outlets/stores.
In addition, special squads were also formed in each district for the same purpose and were supported by the tax officials and Kisan Vikas Kendras (KVK).
Giving details of today’s conduct, DG said hundreds of pesticide/fertilizer outlets were inspected across the length and breadth of the valley and samples were then taken for analysis further.
He further added that no unregistered products will be permitted for sale and any breaches in this regard will be strictly dealt with in accordance with the Insecticides Act 1968 and subsequent rules.
He also advised arborists to use pesticides recommended by the Department and University of Agriculture and only after consulting experts from these institutions. He urged pesticide dealers to display price lists correctly and sell only genuine products.
He further added, for the convenience of growers, a helpline number has been set up at Kashmir Horticulture Directorate, Rajbagh, Srinagar i.e. 0194-2311484.
The DG was accompanied by the department’s law enforcement wing.