Jalandhar, July 10,2019: In order to maximize the profit of basmati cultivators by ensuring cultivation of pesticide free basmati, the Agriculture and farmers welfare department today organized a workshop for the pesticide dealers under Tandarust Punjab Mission to sensitize them for not selling nine different pesticides banned for Basmati cultivation.
Divulging the details, the Chief Agriculture Officer Dr. Naazar Singh said that there was a huge demand for pesticide free basmati across the globe. He said that under the Basmati promotion program the department was asking the farmers not to use nine different pesticides on Basmati. Dr. Naazar Singh said that the department was registering Basmati growers on Basmati portal so that the basmati produced could be of international quality.
The Chief Agriculture Officer said that the during the meeting the various pesticides dealers of Phillaur and Goraya were asked not to sell Glypgosate and nine other pesticides including Acephate, Triazophos, Thiamethoxam 25% WG, Carbendazim 50% WP, Tricyclazole 75% WP, Buprofezin, Carbofuron, Propiconazole and Thipanate Methyl to basmati growers. He said that basmati was a premier crop and was having a great export potential. Dr. Naazar Singh said tht the export could only be ensured only if the quality of crop was good and free from pesticides residue.
However, the Chief Agriculture Officer said that if these pesticides were sprayed on basmati its residue remains in basmati rice and many a time the whole lot of Basmati was returned back due to this which resulted in sheer wastage of time, money and energy of the farmers. He said that this time Punjab government under Mission Tandrust Punjab has banned the sale of nine different pesticides on basmati crop due to which the dealers must desist from selling it. Dr. Naazar Singh further said that the farmers must be encouraged to sow Basmati crop because apart from being a profitable venture the basmati cultivation has less dependence on ground water in comparison of paddy.
On the occasion Agriculture Officer Dr. Naresh Gulati and others were also present.