Sellers of spurious seeds, fertilisers and pesticides in Warangal warned

Warangal rural collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil and district urban collector Amrapali Kata hold meeting, issue ultimatum to dealers selling agricultural products.

Published: 18th May 2017 05:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th May 2017 05:49 AM   |  A+A-

Warangal rural collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil addresses dealers of agricultural products in Hanamkonda on Wednesday | Express photo

By Express News Service

WARANGAL: With the state government facing a tough time due to various  farmers’ issues, the Warangal district administration is taking measures to ensure that farmers do not face any problem in the ensuing kharif season. 

The Warangal urban and rural district collectors have issued stern warning to seeds, fertilisers and pesticides dealers that if they are found selling spurious materials, stringent action will be taken against them. The collectors were addressing a workshop organised for Warangal district seeds, fertilisers and pesticides dealers association members here on Wednesday.

‘Batch number must in bills’ 

Warangal rural collector Prashanth Jeevan Patil made it clear that seeds, fertilisers and pesticides dealers would not be allowed to sell products without mentioning  batch number in the bill. “Every dealer has to mention the batch number of the product in the bill. If we come across violation, action will be taken,” he warned.

The government understands that  seeds, fertilizers and pesticides are manufactured by companies and the dealers only sell them but the latter needs to enquire about the quality and credentials of the manufacturers, he said. Erstwhile Warangal district never faced this spurious seed problem, Patil said.

“Vendors may face tough time if they indulge in selling spurious fertilizers and seeds to farmers during sowing season. We should create confidence among the farmers that whatever they are getting is a genuine product,” he said. 

Warangal urban collector Amrapali Kata said there was need for dealers to act responsibly and supply quality products to farmers. The collector said all the seeds, fertilisers and pesticides dealers have to sell through point of sale (PoS) as the Centre had made it mandatory. 

Warangal district seeds, fertilisers and pesticides dealers association president N Venkateshwar assured that his association members would follow all the norms strictly and supply quality products.

Paddy farmers stage protest against delay in procurement of paddy in Nirmal, Mancherial

Shortage of gunny bags and transportation  vehicles from paddy procurement centres to rice millers in Nirmal and Mancherial districts is delaying the procurement process causing hardship to farmers.

The farmers are forced to spend more than three days in the market yard to sell their paddy as the officials are delaying the procurement process in the name of gunny bag shortage.

Last night, due to unseasonal rains in Khanapur mandal, all the paddy brought to market yard was damaged causing huge losses to farmers. The Sarjapur farmers staged rasta roko against the delay in procurement. They alleged that due to delay by the officials, their paddy got damaged in the rain.

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