Irregularities: Fertiliser traders warned of stringent measures

Irregularities: Fertiliser traders warned of stringent measures

In addition to the details of the stock and market price of the fertilisers, the farmers should mandatorily be provided with a bill, Joint Director of the Agriculture Department S Venkataram said.

He was speaking at meeting with the fertiliser traders on Taluk Panchayat premises on Wednesday.

No bills, complaints

The officer said that in many shops farmers are not given bills and complaints are also registered about the details of the stock not provided. He warned stringent action against the traders is such cases.

He said that there this monsoon, there is no shortage of fertilizers and pesticides.

There is enough stock to meet the demands of the farmers. The traders were told to provide fertilisers, pesticides, sowing seeds and other essentials to the farmers in different phases. He also warned of stringent action against overcharging, hoarding of fertilizers, pesticides and sowing seeds.

Other prohibitions

Apart from that the traders are also prohibited from pressurising the farmers for buying fertiliser of other brands and companies.

With the onset of monsoon, the purchase of urea is excessive among the farmers, he said.

Giving insights, he said that urea is the cheapest fertiliser compared to others. Often, the farmers are under the impression that the use of urea would increase the yield.

Contradicting this belief he said, excessive use of urea reduces the fertility of the soil, which may further result in low yield. It is necessary that the farmers use zinc sulphite, magnesium, iron and other chemicals along with urea, he said.

Assistant director of Agriculture Department Raghvendra, Bhaktharahalli Bairegowda of Hasiru Raitha Sangha, P V Srinivas, Devaraj and others were present including 44 fertiliser traders.

The representatives of the co-operative societies were also present.

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