A fertiliser company has been found selling spurious or sub-standard DAP (diammonium phosphate) at Sardulgarh in Mansa. Led by Chief Agriculture Officer Mansa Dr Manjit Singh, a team of the Agriculture Department seized 705 bags of spurious or sub-standard DAP from the company.

The team checked a godown of Victory Bio Tech Pvt Ltd, during which it found the spurious DAP. Officials informed the Sardulgarh police, which seized the fertiliser and registered a case against officials of the company under Section 420 of the IPC; Section 13, 19, 4 and 7 of the Fertiliser Control Order, 1985; and Section 7 of the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.

Will step up vigil

We have strong inputs about miscreants indulging in hoarding or black marketing of DAP. We are going to step up vigil and take strict action. —Randeep Nabha, Agriculture minister

“No illegal practice will be tolerated. We appeal farmers to remain alert to such things and inform the department about any malpractice,” said Dr Manjit Singh.

Agriculture Minister Randeep Singh Nabha said he had directed the officials to be strict on hoarding, black marketing and sale of spurious DAP. “Two days ago, I had directed officials to step up vigil and raids to prevent hoarding. An official in Patiala was issued a show-cause notice also. Today officials got this big haul of spurious DAP in Sardulgarh district and got an FIR registered,” said Nabha, adding the Centre had increased allocation and the shortfall would be met soon.


Source: 15 November, 2021, The Tribune