Director horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat Saturday impressed upon the concerned officers to keep strict watch on the pesticide traders to curb the practices of selling spurious/substandard pesticides as per the provisions of law.
According to an official spokesperson, the directorhorticulture said this during his meeting with Horticulture DevelopmentOfficers (HDOs) organised to get updates regarding the reports about of sale ofspurious/misbranded pesticides by some unscrupulous elements.
HDOs have been designated as insecticide inspectors and arevested with the powers under the Insecticide Act.
The director horticulture impressed upon the concerned tokeep strict watch on the pesticide trade and book such traders who are foundselling spurious /substandard pesticides as per the provisions of law. He also reviewed the enforcement of pesticideAct in the Kashmir division.