By admin       2018-03-28

Karimnagar Taskforce police seized Rs 17 lakh worth fake cotton seed by conducting raids in Sri Manikanta Seeds and Pesticides near a vegetable market in the town on Monday.Karimnagar: Circulation of spurious cotton seeds is rampant in the erstwhile Karimnagar district.Despite the State government’s request to stay away from cotton cultivation, farmers are showing interest in the crop. Taking it as an advantage, seed vendors are supplying sub-standard seed to farmers.Karimnagar Taskforce police seized Rs 17 lakh worth fake cotton seed by conducting raids in Sri Manikanta Seeds and Pesticides near a vegetable market in the town on Monday. Some 14 quintals seed packed in 28 bags, 500 empty bags, autorickshaw and other materials were seized.A native of Vanthadupula of Rajanna-Surcilla district, Mukkisa Ramana Reddy, along with his brother-in-law Madupu Srinivas Reddy, Laxmipur, Madasu Madhusudhan, Kothirampur, has been operating the fake seed business for the last three years.Seeds were manufactured in the residence of Ramana Reddy and sold to farmers under various brands such as Pallavi, Pavani, Arunodaya, Kavya, and Sri Pavani.Similarly, Sircilla police seized 1.5 quintals of spurious cotton seed from one Kota Srinivas on March 22. Some 100 kg loose seed and 99 packets with a brand name Pallavi Seeds were seized from him.Srinivas, who has been in the business for the last two years, sells spurious cotton seeds to farmers in Karimnagar, Peddapalli and Mancherial districts by claiming them as genuine seeds without any valid licence.A native of Vegurupalli, Srinivas worked as a sales manager in a bio-company in Karimnagar and a cotton seed plant in Medak before entering into the business.On the other hand, Taskforce Police of Ramagundam Commissionerate arrested 18 spurious seeds peddlers and registered two cases since January 1, this year.Rajaiah, a farmer from Keshapatnam, said farmers were incurring huge loses because of the poor yield. Unable to clear debts, farmers were ending their lives, he said.To put an end to farmer suicides, the Agriculture Department had encouraged farmers not to cultivate cotton and go for Irrigated Dry (ID) crops but in vain.District Agriculture Officer V Sreedhar said they had formed three taskforce teams which were working along with the Police Department.A call centre was also setup in the district office to receive complaints from farmers.

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