SRINAGAR: The CPI (M) State Committee today expressed its deep concern over the negligence of the administration, regarding the availability of quality fertilizers and various agro-chemicals; urgently required by the orchardists of the state, as the new fruit season has already begun.
In a statement issued here, the CPIM) asserted that despite the fact that horticulture is the backbone of rural economy in J&K and more so in Kashmir valley; the state has not taken the fruit industry seriously and has not provided any incentives and support system to the fruit growers who are keeping the industry alive by their own efforts.
The party urged upon the administration to keep available all the varieties of quality fertilizers in the required quantities in all the target areas and also maintain the supply of insecticides, fungicides and other such chemicals, without any further delay. The concerned departments should ensure quality control since the spurious and even harmful fertilizers and chemicals are being sold in the market, the party affirmed. The products suggested and advertized by the Horticulture Department through media are not available in the market and the departmental outlets. The field staff of the Horticulture and Agriculture departments is in deep slumber with no, on the spot instructions or awareness, the State Committee asserted.
The State being primarily an agrarian economy, the government is duty bound to facilitate the farmers and orchardists in every possible way to boost the economy and protect the interests of the majority of the people associated with it both directly and indirectly, it observed.
The party called for tightening noose against manufacturers of sub standard pesticides byeffective monitoring and demanded ready availability of chemicals, manures, hybrid seeds and other agriculture inputs in the State.
It also demanded an early assessment of the losses suffered by the fruit growers and farmers by the untimely snowfall, freezing temperatures and the hail-storm.
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