Srinagar:- Fresh and Dry Fruit Growers Forum Kashmir Wednesday held demonstration at Press Enclave Srinagar. Hundreds of growers participated in the demonstration, demanding pest and disease management, regulation of prices of pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers, implementation of crop insurance scheme and waiving off KCC loans.
The Forum president Ghulam Nabi Malik during his address to protesting fruit growers said that government has miserably failed to explore the vast potential of the fruit industry in the state. He said that biggest challenge facing the growers is the menace of pests and diseases and in absence of any fool proof mechanism to curb the sub standard pesticides, fungicides and fertilizers the problems of fruit growers are further aggravated.
Stressing on need of regulation of prices, Malik said that exorbitant prices of pesticides, fungicides, fertilizers, packing material and transport have put the growers at receiving end.
Demanding introduction of high yield, disease (scab) resistant fruit varieties together with inclusion of stone and quality dry fruit particularly walnuts the convenor of the forum urged upon the government to regulate the prices and curb the spurious pesticides, fertilizers, packing material, transport. He also demanded implementation of crop insurance scheme and waiving off 50% KCC loans provided to the farmers as announced by the coilation government.
The protesters also demanded ban on advertisements of pesticides, fertilizers not certified by the National Pesticides Testing Laboratory Faridabad.
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