Farm dept seizes fake pesticides bags

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STAFF REPORT LHR: The Agriculture Department, Punjab, has confiscated 15,548 kilograms of fake pesticides worth over Rs 109 million and saving growers from huge financial loss during the ongoing campaign of the Pest Warning and Quality Control Wing.

“The department had taken 5,727 samples of different pesticides during the ongoing campaign and sent to laboratory for analysis and taking action against the adulterated or fake pesticides, the department arrested 70 persons,” a senior official directly involved in the confiscation of the pesticides consignment told the meeting

The meeting was chaired by Punjab Minister for Agriculture Malik Ahmad Ali, while Director Pest Warning and Quality Control Malik Muhammad Fayyaz and other high-ups besides representatives of the wing from other districts of the province attended it.

The participants of the meeting recommended initiation of a strict action against the elements involved in this illegal business of pesticides which could drastically destroy the crops across the province. It also suggested to increase monitoring of pesticides transportation so that adulterated products are checked quite well in time.


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