Rescue orchardists from tree spray oil scarcity: Altaf Bukhari


Srinagar: Former Minister for Public Works and MLA Amirakadal Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari has urged the Honb’le Governor N.N Vohra to allow sale by all companies manufacturing Tree Spray Oil on the same analogy adopted for Public Sector companies selling these products in the State, though without proper registration with the Central Insecticides Board which is mandatory under Insecticides Act. 

After meeting several delegations dealing with pesticides business, Bukhari took up the issue with Mr. Khurshid Ahmad Ganaie, the advisor to the Governor. The former Public Works minister said that there is a huge scarcity of the Tree Spray Oil in Kashmir Valley as against the required need of spray oil by the orchardists. 

“Sale of Tree Spray Oil has been brought under the ambit of Insecticides Act which means every product must be registered with Central Insecticides Board and the same must be tested and recommended by the Agriculture University SKUAST before its sale in the market,” Bukhari said adding that the public sector companies cannot sell a product without the requisite criteria and apparently an illegality is being allowed through in the name of public sector companies in the State.

“Despite huge plunge in oil sector, these public sector companies are selling tree spray oil on exorbitant rates to the fruit growers in Kashmir. In order to end this monopoly, I urge his Excellency to allow other companies to sell their products in the market on the same analogy adopted for the public sector companies,” he demanded. 

Bukhari said that fruit growers in Kashmir have been using tree spray oil for decades together but all of a sudden there are undue restrictions on its sale and distribution by other companies other than the public sector companies that have dominated the market. “Due to this monopoly the apple growers have been compelled to bear the brunt as lack of supplies has led to black marketing and rise in its prices sharply,” he observed further.

He said there is a hectic process involved in getting the registration from Central Insecticides Board and the same is proving to be a hurdle in the adequate supplies in Jammu and Kashmir. “In order to meet the ends of justice, the other companies selling these products must be allowed to sell their oil spray products, off course, only after proper examination and testing of their products by SKUAST,” he demanded.


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