Dir agri stresses for increasing vigil for checking stocks, quality of chemical fertilisers

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SRINAGAR: Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi on Wednesday said that the department is at the back of farming community and is committed to promote the interests of the farmers in providing them assured and adequate supplies of chemical fertilisers at their doorsteps for agriculture and horticulture crops. He further said that the fertilisers come under essential commodity act and the companies that are defaulters would be dealt seriously under law. He instructed the enforcement officers for increasing the vigil for checking the stocks and quality of the products and stressed for developing a transparent mechanism.
Andrabi was speaking during a high-level meeting to take stock of the availability of chemical fertilisers in Kashmir division. The meeting was convened by Joint Directorate of Agriculture Extension Kashmir. Director Law Enforcement J&K, Abdul Rahim Samoon, Joint Director Extension, Mohammad Iqbal Chowdhary, officers of enforcement agency, representatives of different fertiliser companies and wholesale dealers were present in the meeting, an official handout read.
While taking serious note of the fertiliser companies like IFFCO and NFL for non-compliance of attending the meeting, Andrabi instructed the fertiliser controller to put both the companies on notice and directed the wholesale dealers and companies for supply of adequate stocks with in four days, read the handout.
Director agriculture instructed for updating daily stock position in WhatsApp groups between wholesalers and Joint Directorate Office for smooth and accountable mechanism.
Director Law Enforcement, Abdul Rahim Samoon instructed the law enforcement officers for increasing the touring, monitoring and updating of stock position on daily basis to the higher authorities. He also stressed for an accountable and transparent mechanism for assured and adequate supplies to the farmers at their doorsteps as per the government rates.
Joint Director Agriculture Extension informed the meeting that there was an adequate stock availability of fertilisers in Kashmir division, “as 7573.80 Mts of DAP, 684 Mts of MOP, 641.70 Mts of NPK, whereas, 9779.66 Mts of Urea is also available”. The fertiliser companies were instructed for assured supplies within stipulated time, it read.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Director Agriculture Central, Assistant Director Law Enforcement, Regional SMS Lalmandi, representatives of different fertiliser companies and officers of the enforcement wing.
Director Law Enforcement J&K later chaired a meeting of all district law enforcement officers and enforcement inspectors of Kashmir division and reviewed the working of the enforcement wing, availability of horticulture mineral oils and status of running of business through POS machines, it added.

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