Dhanuka Group seeks legal action against ghost firms selling bogus pesticides.
According to Dhanuka Agritech, an agricultural company, there are numerous ghost firms selling bogus pesticides in the domestic market, which should be stopped because it affects all stakeholders, including farmers.
In 2021-22, Dhanuka Agritech, which has three production plants in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Jammu and Kashmir, generated a revenue of more than ₹1500 crore.
‘The unlawful parallel market of agrochemicals is affecting farmers, industry, government, and the environment,’ Dhanuka Group chairman R. G. Agarwal stated, pointing out that illegal pesticides account for 10 to 25% of the overall $80 billion worldwide pesticide market. He also stated that the use of bogus items has a negative impact on soil fertility.
‘There are numerous ghost firms engaged in the illicit practice of selling agrochemicals that are contaminated, misbranded, or counterfeit. They should face consequences,’ he stated in a statement. He noted that sales of these items impede the growth of domestic pesticide makers.
Because it is a state’s responsibility to check for fraudulent and misbranded items, Agarwal proposed that the Centre start a nationwide push in collaboration with all states and business entities.
Agro Chem Federation of India (ACFI) recently initiated an awareness initiative in Nagpur to promote the prudent usage of excellent pesticides.