Tribune press service
Jalandhar, May 23
The Ministry of Agriculture has started to crack down on dealers who trick gullible farmers. Recently, the ministry had issued a warning to dealers engaging in malfeasance that their licenses would be revoked. Now the department has canceled the license of a dealer selling unauthorized stocks of pesticides in the Nurmehal area.
Department officials said the dealer violated the Insecticides Act of 1969 and 1971. According to reports, the dealer did not have the map of the center from which he sold the pesticides approved.
The Director of Agriculture (CAO), Dr Surinder Singh, said during the inquiry that he was suspicious of the stock he was selling. “Also, instead of opening the godown, the dealer started giving excuses to avoid opening it and so it was sealed. Also, it took time to produce discs,” he said. -he declares.
The CAO said the agriculture officer, Nurmehal, had been asked to dispose of the unauthorized stock within the next 30 days. Additionally, the samples would be sent to the lab for further investigation.
“I call on all dealers of seeds, pesticides and insecticides to sell in accordance with the law. I have instructed my agriculture officers in every block to continue paying surprise visits to dealers and stern action will be taken against those who engage in wrongdoing,” he said.
Earlier, on a tip-off, the department busted a gang involved in supplying fake pesticides to farmers by seizing eight quintals of fake drug Imdeclopreed 0.3 GR. The pesticide named after Indian Crop Science Meerut, Uttar Pradesh was sold to farmers. Farmers were duped in the name of cheap medicine which was, in fact, fake medicine. The company has not been recognized by the Punjab Directorate of Agriculture for its operations in the state.
After seizing the pesticides, he was sent to the Pesticide Testing Laboratory in Chandigarh, where the samples had failed. Subsequently, cases under Articles 420 (deception and dishonesty inducing the delivery of goods), 274 (falsification of drugs) and 120-B (anyone who is part of a criminal association with a view to committing an offense) of the CPI and Section 7 of the Essential Products Act were registered against the suppliers.