Shopian: Orchardists of Pulwama and Shopian have alleged horticulture department of being callous in publishing spray schedule during inclement weather besides being poor in market checking to curb spurious pesticides and fungicides.
The fruit growers in these two districts say that the department should intensify the market checking to ascertain the quality of these pesticides.
Orchardists from Turkwangam area told Kashmir Reader that the horticulture department has published a booklet on spray schedule but there should be additional information on and sprays and additional inputs during inclement weather.
Even though horticulture officials say that they have carried checks on 32 pesticides and fungicides taken for sampling and publicized those that found substandard pesticides and strict action were taken against the violators as per law.
However growers say that department is prescribing pesticides manufactured by companies that have poor track record.
Gulzar Ahmed, an orchardist from Imamsahib area told Kashmir Reader that department is prescribing those pesticides of companies that in past have produced inferior stuff resulting in losses to growers.
“There are products of companies available in the market that in the past have been accused of producing spurious or low grade pesticides,” he said besides some of the products that were reported to have low efficacy last year too are available in the market
Pesticides dealers say that government should not allow entry of pesticides and checks should be carried on entry of these into the state.
Chief Horticulture officer Pulwama, Akhter Hussain told Kashmir Reader that they are conducting regular market checking in the district and the department will not let dealers sell sub standard pesticides and fungicides, people must contact them in case of violations.
He added that none of polinisers has been recommended by the department and orchardists use such kind of nutrition sprays and fertilizers on their own.