December 9, 2021
criminal action against dealers and companies found supplying spurious seeds and fertilizers.
VIJAYAWADA: Chief minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy has proposed criminal action against dealers and companies found supplying spurious seeds and fertilizers. He said the government would incorporate criminal procedure in the laws or bring in an ordinance recommending at least two years of imprisonment.
The chief minister spoke to officials of the agriculture department and allied sectors at his Tadepalli camp office on Monday. He wanted the officials to keep strict vigil on the supply of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides and ensure quality. Officials were directed to see that seeds, fertilizers and pesticides are made available to farmers at all Rythu Bharosa Kendras.
The chief minister also told officials to make all agriculture tools available to farmers through community hiring centres established at the RBKs. He told them to promote organic farming. Instructing officials to create awareness among the farming community on organic and natural farming, the chief minister told them to take the RBK as the unit to promote organic farming.
Jagan also told the officials to encourage farmers to take up alternative cropping. He advised them not to promote paddy cultivation with borewell water, adding that farmers could cultivate commercial crops or horticulture crops that have a greater demand in the market.