ZT News Desk:

Srinagar, June 27:

Several pesticides being sold in Kashmir markets have been found misbranded (an euphemism for fakely made brands) and their seizure has been ordered.

An official document accessed by Ziraat Times reveals that Pesticide Testing Laboratory of the Horticulture Department has officially declared various batches of different pesticides as misbranded after receiving the samples from the offices of Deputy Director, Law Enforcement. The pesticides that have been declared as misbranded are:

IPL Ziram – 80 (Ziram 80% WP) with Batch No. DIZW/19/04/01

IPL Ziram – 80 (Ziram 80% WP) with Batch No. DIZW/19/04/04 with manufacturing date as April 2019 and expiry date as April 2021 and March 2021 respectively. The manufacturer of the mentioned pesticide is M/s India Pesticides Limited.

Marlett M – 45 (Mancozeb 75% WP) with the batch no. J18120102 manufactured as on January 2018 and expiry date as November 2020 has also been declared as misbranded.

The manufacturer of Marlett M – 45 is M/s Coromondel International (I) Ltd.

Further, Insecticide Inspectors have been instructed to seize the pesticide stocks of these misbranded pesticides with the said batch numbers.

Farmers across Kashmir report prevalence of substandard and misbranded agrochemicals in Kashmir markets and have demanded a larger scale action by law enforcement agencies.