Spraying water to eliminate locust

Sushil Manav

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 9

When officers of the Haryana Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Department sprayed insecticide to kill the locust swarm that had settled on the fields in Hodal, on the evening of June 27, little did they know they had been spraying simply water.

A day earlier on June 26, the division had undertaken in depth spraying with tractor-mounted pumps and fireplace tenders and claimed to have eradicated 30 per cent of the swarm at Rewari. The high quality management Inspectors of the division took samples of the insecticide at Palwal and its Sonepat workplace, procured from a Jaipur-based provider. Upon testing, one of many samples was discovered to include zero per cent chlorpyrifos, whereas the opposite pattern contained 9.45 per cent of the pesticide as a substitute of the required 20 per cent. 

“The entire stock of the pesticide supplied has been confiscated and the firm blacklisted. The authorities in Rajasthan have been approached to cancel the firm’s licence,” mentioned Sanjeev Kaushal, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture. He mentioned the insecticide utilized in Rewari was equipped by one other agency.

In a police criticism, the standard management inspector at Sonepat has sought an FIR in opposition to the Jaipur agency and likewise officers of the Haryana Land Development and Reclamation Corporation, who procured the insecticide. Satpal Kaushik, a farmers’ chief, flayed the “connivance between officials and traders” .

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