Special squads to check sale of spurious seed

KARIMNAGAR, JULY 24. The Collector, C. Parthasarathi, has constituted 10 special squads to check sale of spurious seed, fertilizers and pesticides in the district.

Addressing a press conference on Saturday, Mr. Parthasarathi said the special squads would conduct random checks at outlets from July 28 to August 3.

Officials to swing into action

Officers would check the licence validity, source certificate, purchase invoices and sale bills, stock registers, ground balances, expiry date stocks, inspection of godowns and stock and price boards during their inspection.

He said that he had also instructed officials to inspect transport offices and their godowns while inspecting shops for any suspected input and send samples for analysis.

The inspection reports should be submitted to the Joint Director, Agriculture, he said.

On the rainfall the district experienced, he said only 190.9 mm rainfall was registered as against the normal rainfall of 370.9 mm from June till date this year.

Normal rainfall was reported from five mandals, deficit rainfall in 39 mandals and scanty rainfall in 13 mandals.

As against the normal area of 3,37,217 hectares, only 1,77,275 hectares of land was bought under cultivation till Friday. He expressed concern over alarming water-table levels in major and medium irrigation projects.

Drought-hit mandals

The Government had declared drought in 41 mandals, he said, adding that the water table had fallen below 20 metres in 151 villages of 20 mandals and between 15 and 20 metres in 243 villages.

He said a total of 727 hand pumps dried up in the district.

The Collector said that a drought contingent plan (2004-05) for Rs. 20 crores was prepared keeping in view the prevailing situation.

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