New licences for fertiliser, pesticide sale and manufacture banned in Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, October 26
The Punjab Authorities has imposed a ban on issuing of recent licences on the market and manufacture of pesticides and fertilisers within the state. The ban has been imposed reportedly to test the sale of spurious pesticides and fertilisers.
Youth, farmers in opposition to determination
The transfer has not gone down nicely with farmers and youths, who really feel that the transfer will kill employment alternative for a lot of. Gurbakshish Singh, a farmer from Nabha, mentioned many youth had utilized for the licence, after having accomplished a one-year diploma course in agriculture sciences.
The orders on this regard have been issued to all Chief Agriculture Officers within the state, asking them to not problem any new licences on the district-level as a choice on this regard has been taken by the state authorities. “Whether it is completely essential to problem a licence, the permission for it must be taken from the pinnacle workplace of the Agriculture Division,” learn the orders issued by the Joint Director of the Agriculture Division.
The ban is on issuing of licences to small retailers, producers and likewise for many who get licences on the market throughout the state. Prime officers within the division say that the choice has been taken with a view to regulate the sale of pesticides and fertilisers. “There are already too many licence-holders and it’s tough for the state to control them. Because of this, too many spurious pesticides and fertilisers at the moment are discovering their technique to farmers, posing danger to the farming operations,” mentioned a high officer. It’s learnt that there are shut to twenty,000 retailers of pesticides and fertilisers within the state.
The transfer has not gone down nicely with farmers and youth, who really feel that the transfer will kill employment alternative for a lot of. Gurbakshish Singh, a farmer from Nabha, mentioned many youth had utilized for the licence, after having accomplished a one-year diploma course in agriculture sciences. “They examine for the course to turn into eligible for acquiring these licences. They now really feel let down,” he instructed The Tribune. Being a graduate in agriculture sciences, science or a diploma in agriculture is a should to acquire this licence.
The problem of imposing a ban on issuing of recent licences was reportedly additionally mentioned in a gathering of Agriculture Minister Kuldeep Singh Dhaliwal with the fertiliser and pesticide sellers’ affiliation final month, mentioned Gokal Prakash Gupta, a number one fertiliser vendor within the state. Lots of the sellers are reportedly in opposition to the grant of recent licences, and had additionally mentioned so within the assembly.
Sukhdev Singh Kokrikalan, normal secretary, BKU Ekta-Ugrahan, mentioned the necessity of the hour was to alter the mannequin of agriculture — from a chemical-based agriculture to pure farming. “As a substitute of banning the issuing of recent licences, the federal government ought to take a look at minimising the usage of the chemical substances and fertilisers, and transfer in the direction of bio chemical utilization on crops,” he mentioned.