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Updated: October 8, 2013 12:23 IST

Spurious fertiliser seized

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Agriculture Department officials seize fake pesticides in Kuyavarpalayam in the city on Monday. Photo: S. James
The Hindu Agriculture Department officials seize fake pesticides in Kuyavarpalayam in the city on Monday. Photo: S. James

Fake seeds stocked in private stores also unearthed

Yet another spurious fertiliser manufacturing unit has been unearthed in the city within a span of 10 days.

The seizure of fake zinc sulphate came in the wake of complaints voiced by farmers at the the grievance meeting held by District Collector L. Subramanian on Monday that the chemicals used by them were ineffectual in controlling pests.

A special team led by Joint Director (Agriculture) Jayasingh Gnanadurai was formed to track the bogus fertiliser units.

Ten days ago, a unit in Kamaraj Nagar in Tallakulam was raided and sealed. A week later, officials seized fake farm aid products from a godown near Tamil Sangam Road.

On Monday, the team raided the premises owned by R.D. Kumar off Old Kuyavarpalayam where sperious chemicals were stored. Kumar confessed to running the clandestine operation for over seven years, officials said.

Government sleuths also seized goods worth Rs 9 lakh from unauthorised premises in Melur. Mr. Gnanadurai appealed to farmers not to be lured by false offers and discounts.

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