Another pesticide disaster looms, farmers panicky

August 14, 2017 0 Comments

Bathinda: Yet to recover from the massive cotton crop loss they suffered in 2015, farmers in Malwa may be in for another jolt as they discover that many of them have already treated their fresh crop to a cocktail of spurious pesticides.

The realisation is only dawning upon them now. As many as 24 out of 34 samples of fertilisers and pesticides collected by the Agriculture Department have failed, forcing the government to stop the sale of the products of several firms.

The cotton crop had failed miserably in 2015, following which a pesticide scam worth Rs 1,700 crore was unearthed.