The onset of monsoon not only brings
hope of good rains and but also spurious seeds to the interior areas of north
Farmers start agricultural operation works in April- end
or first week May for Kharif; cultivation of cotton area is high in the old
The total area of cotton cultivation
was 5. 70 lakh hectares in the old Adilabad district, nearly 55 percent in the
total area for Kharif in 2017.
Spurious seeds, especially cotton,
are brought into northTelangana districts from bordering states Andhra Pradesh
and Maharashtra and Chattisgarh and also from Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat.
Private traders selling fake cotton
seeds are target farmers in the interior village as they lack much knowledge
much about the quality and are unable to
discernbetween genuine and fake seeds.
According to police, traders selling
spurious cotton seeds revealed that they target illiterate farmers especially
Adivasis in the interior areas on the borders in Kumarambheem Asifabad
There was a notion among the farmers
that purchasing the cotton seeds brought to their door steps by traders was
good instead going to nearby towns and purchasing seeds and fertilizers for
Earlier, spurious seeds were seized
in interior areas in Indravelli, Narnoor, Kerameri, Adilabad, Bela, Thamsi
mandals sharing borders with Maharashtra. Some of the private traders
even give cotton seed packets to the farmers on credit and collects money after
The state government has failed to
control the sale of fake seeds to reduce the loss to the distressed famers in
the state and also to put an end to the transportation of the spurious seeds
into north Telangana districts and private traders and their agents in the
Ramagundam police commissioner
Vikramjit Duggal said ‘they found that the private traders of spurious seeds transporting
spurious cotton seeds into various places in Telangana from Andhra Pradesh for
which there was no permission to sell from government and also with fake way
bills and under the guise of transporting other goods in vehicles’.
Recently, task force police of
Thandur seized 51.50 quintal of spurious seeds worth Rs 1.6 crore
transported to Kumarambheem district from Emmiganur village of Kurnool of
Andhra Pradesh. Among the seized spurious seeds, there were Kavya brand seeds
packets and lose cotton seeds.