Quality control for pesticides

Greater Kashmir

Jammu, Mar 13: Law Enforcement Wing of the Agriculture Department has been re-activated to monitor sale and stocking of standard quality pesticides and fungicides to the farmers.
This according to an official statement was stated by the Minister for Agriculture Abdul Aziz Zargar in reply to a question by A.G. Vakil in Legislative Council today. He said Government has no proposal for introducing tender system to allot distribution of pesticides and fungicides. He said at present pesticides and fungicides are made available in the state in open market through registered and licensee private dealers. This is the most competitive method of trade with little scope for monopoly by any individual, the Minister added.
Replying to supplementaries by B. A. Naz, the Minister said that special attention is being paid to develop Horticulture in Rajouri, Poonch and Doda districts under technology mission.
Exploitation of horticulture potential in full swing
Sustained efforts are being made to maintain and improve quality of horticulture products to withstand stiff competition in the market from Himachal and imported apple from China, Newzealand and Austraila.
This was stated by the Minister for Agriculture, Abdul Aziz Zargar in reply to a question by S. Arvinder Singh in Legislative Council today. He said though the apple produce in the state is of best quality, it is faced with veritable challenges in terms of presentation, including grading, packing and marketing.
He said government has taken various measures to improve quality of fruits which include varietal diversification in scientific manner, exploitation of agro-climatic advantages of the micro-climatic conditions of the state, zonalization of fruits, hybridization to combine desirable qualities of different varieties and introduction of popular exotic varieties etc. He said all out efforts have been made to give added impetus to horticulture activities in the districts of Poonch, Rajouri, Doda and Udhampur where farmers are provided incentives for area expansion, creation of irrigation resources, production of planting material within district both in the public and private sectors, development and transfer of appropriate technology from the state Agriculture University and popularization of farm mechanization through various incentives. He said efforts are on to maintain quality control measures adding that MIS has been launched in the state to encourage standard grading and packing of fruit to improve fruit import in a big way.