Fruit growers for checking spurious fungicides, pesticides

Fruit growers for checking spurious fungicides, pesticides

The memorandum advocates that companies like HPCL, IOCL and BPL may be allowed to sell Tree Spray Oil (TSO) in advance of obtaining of licenses as prescribed under the provisions of the relevant Act.

The Kashmir Valley Fruit Growers and Dealers Union Monday submitted a memorandum to Governor N N Vohra seeking his intervention in checking the influx of spurious pesticides and fungicides into the Valley.Chairman of the Union, Bashir Ahmad Basheer, submitted the memorandum to the Governor. 

“Since the fruit season 2015 is approaching and the fresh crop of cherry is expected in May followed by apple in June, the spray of TSO, pesticides and fungicides is essentially required as per schedule prescribed by SKAUST-K and Horticulture department to avoid deterioration of orchards,” the memorandum reads.

“In this regard we request you to direct the concerned agencies to ensure supply of quality fungicides/pesticides/insecticides/fertilizers and Tree Spray Oil (TSO) to all the fruit growers from the genuine manufacturers at reasonable rates,” it states, suggesting that the arrangements should be made in advance for ensuring quality plant material free of cost to the growers for next three years so that the orchards damaged in the recent floods are rejuvenated and nurseries which does not provide quality type of plant material may be discouraged.

The memorandum advocates that companies like HPCL, IOCL and BPL may be allowed to sell Tree Spray Oil (TSO) in advance of obtaining of licenses as prescribed under the provisions of the relevant Act so that the fruit growers of the Valley don’t face inconvenience. 

“The prices of the TSO may however be got checked from time to time to avoid any bargaining,” it reads.

The fruit growers and dealers demand cut in prices of fungicides and pesticides. ‘Since the prices of petrol/diesel have been slashed, the TSO which is a petroleum product should also be available at low prices. This matter may kindly be taken up with the manufacturing companies for making available TSO against reasonable prices.”

“Enforcement Wing of Horticulture/Agriculture departments should be pressed into service to examine the genuineness of pesticides/fungicides and fertilizers and action should be taken against the dealers found selling sub-standard pesticides/fungicides and fertilizers.”