Substandard fertilizers,seeds in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 5: Concerned over the sale of sub-standard fertilizers, pesticides and seeds in Kashmir, the authorities found 30 out of 607 samples sub-standard.

An official spokesman today said a meeting presided over by the Director, Law Enforcement, Jammu and Kashmir, Bashir Ahmad Dar, was held, in which officers and dealers from district Baramulla, Kupwara, Budgam, Pulwama and Anantnag participated.

He said the meeting was convened to review the quality and supply position of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds during Kharif-2008.

The meeting took stock of availability of different kinds of fertilizers in various districts of the valley and also the supply and demand position.

He said about 232 samples of various types of fertilizers were drawn from different parts of the valley, out of which three samples were found to be sub-standard and prosecutions were initiated against seven dealers.

Similarly, 257 pesticides samples were collected, out of which 21 samples were found to be sub-standard and prosecutions were initiated against three dealers.

He said out of 118 samples of various seeds, six samples were found to be sub-standard. FIRs were lodged against two dealers and prosecution was initiated against one.

He said Stop Sale Orders were also issued to 86 dealers for selling sub- standard seeds, fertilizers and pesticides.


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