Dir horticulture impresses on plugging spurious chemicals’ sale

Dir horticulture impresses on plugging spurious chemicals’ sale
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Directs officers to take timely action against culprits

SRINAGAR: To curb violations, if any, exercised in the market by pesticide dealers or retailers, and to strictly plug the sale of spurious chemicals, Director Horticulture Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat on Monday stressed on designated inspectors to work honestly and sincerely and to take timely action against culprits under the regulations of Insecticides Act, 1968.
He impressed upon the officers and designated inspectors to make frequent checks in the market, go-downs, pesticide outlets in their respective jurisdictions for strictly plugging the sale of spurious chemicals. “The inspectors shall not give any chance to the offenders to cash in the situation with the sale of spurious pesticides, with a view to save the fruit growers/orchardists from the clutches of law enforcement violators,” Bhat said in a handout.
He was speaking during an awareness-cum-interactive programme organised by the Department of Horticulture on Monday at the Directorate of Horticulture here, regarding SOPs (standard operating procedures) to be adopted for collection of pesticide sample as well as other provisions and amendments brought in the law enforcement proceedings from time to time for dealing with such cases as per the regulations of the act, the handout read.
Resource person from the Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement, Anil Nargotra, Deputy Director Law Enforcement, deliberated on the issues of law enforcement regulations in the field while drawing samples from the pesticides dealers, distributors, retailers for their analysis in the designated laboratories. He appraised the participants about various standard operations vital for making enforcement agency beneficial for growers, the handout added.