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Legal Metrology Dept raids fertilizer traders, book 89 cases

Hyderabad: Legal Metrology Department has now focused on fertilizers manufacturers and traders, preventing them doing malpractice in quality and quantity in fertilizers as the farmers are getting ready for sowing seeds state wide.

In the past week department conducted special raids on seed companies and trading points and booked cases. Now the department focused on the fertilizer companies and godowns malpractices.

Farmers are getting ready for the coming Kharif season cultivation. For past two days Legal Metrology Department started surprise checks on Fertilizer companies.

Department has booked cases against the traders and companies which are not supplying fertilizers and seed packets in correct quantity. It booked total of 89 cases and property worth of Rs. 6,65,14,492 was seized.

Controller Akun Sabharwal said that it is very serious crime of cheating farmers, whoever sells fertilizers or seeds in less quantity or below the Legal Metrology Department standards will be facing severe punishment.

In recent raids on the seed companies and traders department has booked 154 cases and seized property worth of Rs. 2.35 crores. Now, for the past two days Legal Metrology officers have conducted raids and booked 89 cases and seized property worth of Rs. 6.65 Crores.

In Khammam District Avanthi Ware Housing Services (P) Ltd, of Rs.1.07 Crore stocks of Nagarjuna Fertilizers Ltd. & Rs. 23.00 Lakhs worth of stock of Coramandel Ltd fertilizer were seized. In the Jagityal district – Laxmi Manikanta Seeds of Kribco Fertilizers & Mulkanoor Cooperative Society, Nagarkurnool – Managromore of Coramandel International Ltd., & Nagrjuna Fertilizers Ltd., Nalgonda district – Rama Krishna Fertilizers & Sri Murali Krishna D\Fertilizers of Excel Crop Care Ltd., Sangareedy District – Sri Ketheki Sangameshwara Agro Seeds of Godrej Agrovet Ltd., Managromore of Bhavani Bio Organic Pvt, UPL Ltds, M Chandraiah Fertilizers and Seeds of Nagarjuna Fertilizers Ltd, Rangareddy district karniLogistic Pvt Ltd – Indian Potash Ltd., Gujarat State Fertilizers and chemicals Ltd., & Green Star Fertilizers & Rafiq Transport Company of Pradeep Phosphate Ltd were seized.

The Controller said cheating in quantity and try to deceive farmers is not at all tolerable, anybody found will be facing criminal cases and addition to capital punishment also. All measures are taken to ensure farmers are supplied with correct quantity of fertilizers and seeds.

Strict action will be taken if anybody violates rules and regulations and cheats farmers. No one will be spared if found guilty and cheating farmers, criminal cases will be booked and arrests will be made. Mainly if the dealers are found selling seeds or fertilizers by cheating in weight is very highly punishable offence.

If any violation or fraud is suspected farmers can register their complaints on the Whats App number 7330774444 without any fear, said the Controller in a press release. (INN)

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