Chandigarh, Mar 28 (PTI) Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today promised a thorough probe into the sale and supply of spurious pesticides and herbicides to farmers, warning of strict action against those found guilty.

Amarinder Singh said this while responding to the issue raised by Akali MLA Bikram Singh Majithia during the Zero Hour in the State Assembly here today.

The chief minister vowed to get to the bottom of such cases, in which the farmers were being fleeced by unscrupulous dealers selling pesticides and insecticides.

He promised to take stern action against erring dealers and suppliers found engaged in sale of sub-standard or spurious pesticides.

Notably, Amarinder Singh also pointed out that such instances of sub-standard pesticides had been in existence for the past 40-50 years due to which the crop disease of ‘gulli-danda’ had not been eliminated.

The most noticeable weed of the wheat crop guli-danda has caused significant reductions in grain yield in the state.

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