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Bettiah : A  team of experts from state headquarters of Agriculture Department will inquire into the supply of sub-standard Vermi compost to the farmers in West Champaran district in North Bihar allegedly by seven private firm in connivance with some local agriculture department officials.
The state Agriculture Department had planned to promote organic farming to keep the soil in better condition with a view to increasing agricultural production in eco friendly atmosphere. The government had awarded subsidy to seven registered  companies for the purpose in West Champaran. But, the plan was dashed to ground due to supply of sub-standard vermi compost to the farmers allegedly in connivance with some agriculture department personnel in the district.
District Agriculture officer, (DAO), West Champaran, Shilajit Singh, admits supply of sub-standard vermi compost to the farmers but said that the agriculture department staff who had allegedly connived with private firms concerned have been removed from their place and a team of experts from Patna will reach Bettiah soon to inquire into the matter.
The irregularity came to light when a Joint Director of the Agriculture Department probed into the matter and found that the Vermi compost supplied to farmers were of substandard qualities and the firms supplying it to the farmers had minted huge amount during 2011 – 2016.

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