President, Sopore Fruit Mandi – Asia’s second-largest fruit market has announced a cash reward of ₹50,000 for those providing crucial information about the sale of counterfeit fertilizers in the market.
Fayaz Ahmed Malik, also known as Kaka Ji, expressed dismay at conscienceless dealers compromising the integrity of the agriculture industry by selling fake fertilizers. He said the cash reward initiative aims to encourage locals to come forward with information that can assist authorities in identifying and curbing the circulation of duplicate fertilizers. Expressing deep concern for the welfare of farmers and the agriculture industry, he said such actions not only jeopardize the livelihoods of hardworking farmers but also pose a threat to the overall economic stability of the region.
It is pertinent to mention that the Department of Agriculture, Kashmir, recently seized around 620 bags of duplicate spurious fertilizers in Sopore and Kulgam districts during raids. The director warned of stringent action against those selling counterfeit fertilizers in the valley and urged people to report any such activities.