Gangapur farmer held for growing cannabis

  • | Monday | 20th November, 2023

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar: Daulatabad police booked a 65-year-old farmer in Gangapur taluka of Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar for growing cannabis on his farm and seized 40 saplings worth Rs 2.5 lakh.An official said the farm was situated in gut number 84 from Mauje Jambhala village of Gangapur taluka, nearly 25 km from Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar city.The police official also said that they acted on a tip off of the clandestine cultivation of cannabis.Cannabis plants were secretly cultivated along with the cotton crop. Acting on a tip-off, a police team raided the field to discover nearly fully grown cannabis plants of nearly five feet in height, the official said. The accused, Ajabsing Ramsing Jarwal, a resident of Varzadi village has been booked under the enabling provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.Notably, isolated incidents of secret marijuana farming keep being reported from Marathwada. In the latest incident, Jalna police on September 21 raided a farm having cultivated cannabis on nearly one acre of land. The secret marijuana cultivation is seen by few farmers as an easy additional income. Such a cropping choice is banned in Maharashtra and is a serious offence, police said.We also published the following articles recentlyNilgiris farmers pen success story in apple cultivationFarmers in the Nilgiris region of India have successfully grown apples in Kookkal village and are now planning to introduce apple cultivation in other villages. Around 120 farmers brought 2,000 apple saplings from Kashmir two years ago and planted them in different parts of the district. Today, 50 of the saplings are bearing fruit. The farmers have also expressed their commitment to reintroducing orange, peach, pear, and apricot cultivation in the region. Virtual meetings with farmers from Himachal Pradesh have aided their knowledge in apple cultivation.Cultivate land or it may be lost to outsidersGoan farmers have been urged to take advantage of the agriculture departments schemes to increase their income and prevent non-locals from taking over their fallow land, according to agriculture minister Ravi Naik. At an agricultural awareness camp, Naik highlighted the legal battle that resulted in farmers being granted ownership rights and urged the youth to consider agriculture as a profitable career choice. The convener of the Khazan Action Committee also outlined the need for measures to protect bundhs, empower village panchayats, and implement reforms in the sector.UP: Tigress kills farmer near Dudhwa, caughtA farmer in Basukpur village of Kheri district was killed by a tigress while working in his farm. The tigress was captured by the forest department after being tranquillized. Locals protested and prevented the forest department from taking the victims body for post-mortem, but allowed it after assurance of compensation. The tigress is believed to be responsible for another mans death in a nearby village. This incident is one of four tiger attacks in villages near the Dudhwa Tiger Reserve since September 29.

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