The Haryana Seeds Development Corporation (HSDC) Managing Director Ashok Khemka Saturday finally placed an order for the controversial fungicide Raxil 2 DS (Tubeconazole),but with certain riders.
In a communication to manufacturer M/s Bayer CropScience India,Khemka has put in certain essential conditions and has asked Bayer to supply the requisite five lakh pouches (40 gram each) of fungicide for treatment of wheat diseases including loose smut,flag smut and karnal bunt.
Khemka had earlier put the order on hold after he sought clarifications from the state government. Khemka had primarily objected to mandatory use of fungicide Raxil for controlling wheat crop diseases since the manufacturing company had not got the fungicide registered with Central Insecticides Board for controlling karnal bunt. Instead the fungicide is only registered with CIB to control loose smut and flag smut diseases.
In the purchase order,Ashok Khemka has asked manufacturer M/s Bayer CropScience India and Bayer AG to admit that the treatment of wheat seeds with RAXIL 2 DS controls Loose Smut,Flag Smut and Kamal Bunt diseases in wheat crops.