Spurious pesticides: Horticulture department holds awareness for HDOs

Horticulture department on Monday held an awareness programme regarding procedures adopted for collection of pesticide samples and other provisions for law enforcement on spurious and substandard pesticides.

The programme was attended by the designated enforcement inspectors (HDOs) of horticulture department, a statement of the department said.

Deputy director law enforcement wing of agriculture department Anil Nargotra, who was the resource person at the programme, deliberated on the issues of law enforcement regulations in the field while drawings samples from the pesticides dealers/distributers/retailers for its analysis in the designated laboratories of the country.

The resource person appraised the session about the various standard operations vital from stand point of view, making enforcement agency to come to the expectations of the growers.

, Director Horticulture, Kashmir, Ajaz Ahmad Bhat, at the occasion, said that the designated inspectors shall work honestly and sincerely so as to plug the violations, if any exercised in the market by the pesticide dealers/retailers and timely action shall be taken against the culprits under the regulations of the Insecticides Act, 1968.

He asked the inspectors to make frequent checks in the market in their jurisdiction 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,” he said.