The Maharashtra state agriculture department has decided to take action against five companies for not keeping their word of supplying the required seeds and fertilisers. It will be filing a case against them in court too.

Quality assurance officials from the department formed 15 squads and conducted a drive of sales of seeds, fertilisers and pesticides in last one month and collected 507 samples and got them examined in laboratory. Of these, 15 samples from five companies were found to be from non-certified companies. Also, ten companies were given show cause notices.

Ambassador David Walker of New Zealand been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Special Session of the Committee on Agriculture, which oversees the agriculture negotiations at the WTO. Ambassador Walker replaces Ambassador Crawford Falconer also of New Zealand, who chaired the negotiations for almost four years.