SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi has directed law enforcement officers to increase their efficiency to check the quality of pesticide/fertilisers and to stop the use of spurious pesticides/fertilisers, so that farmers get quality products in respect of seed, fertilisers and pesticides.
He stated this while chairing an interactive meeting of the officers of the department’s law enforcement agency.
He directed the Plant Protection Officer to issue the licenses in a time bound manner and to stick to the provisions of law. During the meeting, the director was informed that there were 33,364 registered pesticide license holders in Kashmir division and the process of issuing the licenses is done as per the procedure and provisions of law.
Soil Chemist Kashmir apprised the director that 17 molecules are being tested in the Soil Testing Lab, Lalmandi, Srinagar while as, “there is need for developing infrastructure to increase the efficiency for testing more molecules”.
Andrabi directed the soil chemist for submitting the proposal for improvement of infrastructure and to raise the strength of testing upto 32 molecules. The meeting was apprised that for rest of the molecules, the samples are sent to Central Insecticide Laboratory, Faridabad (CIL) while as, late results cause inconvenience to the department to act against the dealers whose products are declared mis-branded”.
Director agriculture also reviewed the working of Divisional Seed Certification Officer stressing him for time-bound registration of seed village programmes and sampling of different seeds, and to ensure that quality seeds were provided to the farmers.
Joint Director Agriculture Extension/ Inputs, Deputy Director Law Enforcement, Plant Protection Officer, Soil Chemist, Divisional Seed Certification Officer, Assistant Director Law Enforcement and District Law Enforcement officers and Law Enforcement Inspectors of Kashmir division attended the meeting.