China cracks down on counterfeit seeds, pesticides
May. 19, 2011
The counterfeited agricultural materials uncovered in these cases were worth 153 million yuan (23.5 million U.S. dollars), according to a statement from the Ministry of Public Security on Thursday.
The statement said that a total of 7,200 metric tons of counterfeit seeds were confiscated.
The ministry has pledged to make its best efforts to safeguard farmers' interests and maintain agricultural production.
"We will deal a devastating blow to the manufacturing and selling of counterfeit agricultural materials," the statement said.
Last month, Beijing police cracked a major case concerning the manufacture and sale of counterfeit corn seeds, with 11 criminal suspects arrested.
The fake seeds were illegally produced in Beijing-based factories and sold in several of China's provinces and regions, including Heilongjiang, Liaoning, Jilin, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Shandong and Gansu.
Materials confiscated from the counterfeiters were worth over 6 million yuan. The sale of counterfeit products dealt a severe blow to farmers, with economic losses totalling over 200,000 yuan in four towns in Shandong Province.
The crackdown on counterfeit agricultural products is part of a national campaign to reduce violations of intellectual property rights (IPR) and the production and distribution of counterfeit and low-quality products.
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