Jammu: In view of the ensuing kharief season, a meeting of Pesticide manufacturers and distributors of Jammu Division was convened by Director Agriculture Production & Farmers Welfare Kashmir, Mohammad Iqbal Choudhary at Krishi Bhawan, Talab Tillo, Jammu. The intend of the meeting was to review preparedness for timely supply of Quality Plant Protection Chemicals in JK UT.
Director Agriculture Jammu, K.K. Sharma, Plant Protection Officer, Devinder Sharma, Assistant Director Law Enforcement, Roshan Lal Bhagat, Enforcement Inspector, Kashmir Singh and representatives of the PP Chemical manufacturing units/distributers attended the meeting besides other.
Underlining the importance of high quality PP Chemicals in agriculture/ horticulture sector Director Agriculture Kashmir who is also Controller Pesticides, JK UT instructed the representatives of manufacturing units to ensure the supply of good quality plant protection material to the farmers. He impressed upon the concerned officers to focus on HR Development by frequently conducting sensitization trainings for the individuals engaged in pesticide business regarding modus operandi to be followed at different stages.
Controller Pesticide outlined the necessity of upgrading Pesticide Testing Laboratory to cover more molecules which are currently being got tested from outside UT and take long time. He stressed for digitalization of process of registration and issuance of pesticide license to the applicants with in stipulated time frame. Further road map for 2021-22 for streamlining the system of qualitative and time bound supply of pesticide and insecticide was also discussed in the meeting.
Earlier Director Agriculture Jammu, K. K. Sharma welcoming the participants impressed on the Law Enforcement agency for regular sampling and testing of PP Chemicals to ensure tracing of fake/spurious pesticides. He further called for proper monitoring of functioning of pesticide manufactures, whole-sellers and dealers with timely reporting to Directorate of Agriculture Jammu /Kashmir. He also stressed for the strict enforcement of quality parameters to resolve various constraints in the supply of high grade agriculture inputs to raise the farm production and productivity.