Facing farmers’ wrath over widespread damage to cotton crop in the state, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) vice-chancellor Dr B S Dhillon, who was also booed at Kisan Melas in Bathinda and Gurdaspur recently, said he was “answerable to none”.
In a conversation with The Indian Express at his office on Wednesday, he also asked this correspondent to leave the premises when questioned about the crop failure.
Dhillon said, “It is my will to answer the media or not, it is my will to entertain a question or not. I am answerable to none. I would not like to answer that where farmers went wrong or whatever.”
When asked to justify his alleged statement in Jalandhar Kisan Mela that it “were the farmers who were in the wrong”, he said: “I never said that and I owe no explanation to anyone.”
Dhillon said PAU sticks to its stand that there was nothing wrong with the Oberon pesticide that was recommended.
“We recommended Oberon after multiple trials and tests in fields and only then it found a place in PAU publication. There is no pesticide that guarantees 100 per cent success but disease can be controlled ,” he said.