Ramakanta Biswas

Sambalpur: Farmers in Sambalpur district on Monday staged a protest in front of a godown alleging sale of duplicate and adulterated fertilisers.

According to sources, farmers in large number demonstrated in front of the godown located on the premises of Bareipali Regulated Market Committee.

The agitating farmers alleged that the fertilisers they had purchased from the Odisha State Cooperative Marketing Federation (Markfed) are adulterated.

According to the farmers, they detected the adulteration after they purchased DAP fertilizer of IPL company. They found other materials in fertiliser packets. The fertiliser became hard like rock when the packets are opened, they alleged.

“The government has appointed officials to check the quality of fertiliser being supplied to the farmers. How come they did not notice that a huge stock of duplicate fertiliser is stocked in the godown and supplied to farmers,” questioned a farmer.

The Markfed official admitted that the fertilisers are adulterated and said the stock will be returned.

“The fertilisers were supplied by IPL company in the first week of February.We will check the quality again and stop sale of the fertiliser to farmers,” he added.

In September last year, sale of duplicate pesticides was reported in the State. Following the allegations, show-cause notices were served to deputy directors of Agriculture of 10 districts to explain why action was not taken against errant the companies.