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fertiliser Review Committee meets

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Seeking to allay the issues pertaining to fertiliser supplies during Kharif season, the Fertiliser Review Committee (FRC) met under the chairmanship of Federal Minister for Industries and Production Makhdoom Syed Murtaza Mahmud in Islamabad on Wednesday.

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The Federal Secretary for Industries and Production Mr. Jawwad Rafique Malik and senior officials of the Ministry also attended the meeting.

The participants of meeting included representative of the fertilisers manufacturing industry, dealers, Cheif Secretary Punjab, and Secretaries of Provincial agriculture departments.

The forum discussed the domestic production and demand of fertilizers as well as prices, subsidy plan and tracking & verification mechanism of fertilizers for kharif season in backdrop of prime minister’s meeting on fertiliser.

In yesterday’s meeting, the prime minister approved the various policy measures to ensure availability of fertilisers at affordable prices to farmers during Kharif season. At onset of meeting, agricultural departments briefed the forum that there was 14% decline in DAP off take in last sowing season due to price inflation which means crops had received less application of phosphate component of fertiliser affecting crop output badly.

The committee was told that there is dire need to provide balance nutrients to soil for excessive grain production.

Considering the price differential between urea & DAP, the minister said that the government had decided to make subsidy payments directly to farmers immediately through the Ministry of Food Security and Provincial governments, so that DAP prices could be cooled down for farmers and this step would also ensure balance applications of nitrogen & phosphate based fertilsers in soil by farmers.

He said, however, the government would discourage the compulsive purchase of DAP to farmers along with urea by dealers recently.

The forum noted that non-registered fertilser dealers would be brought under verification mechanism and it had been made necessary for dealers to get registered with respective provincial departments to ensure smooth supply of fertilisers at district level.

The manufacturers assured the registration of dealers with relevant provincial departments. In order to curb the hoarding and smuggling, the government had decided to set up a task force under the Ministry of Interior consisting of law enforcement agencies, FBR and provincial departments to thwart cross border trafficking of urea.

Speaking to meeting, the minister said that the government had geared up to implement vehicle registration, tracking and verification system to smoothen adequate and timely supply of key soil nutrients to farmers during Kharif season.

Commenting on the recent price hike of urea by the industry, the Minister remarked that the government would not tolerate unjustified price increase of urea. He added that the government is reverting urea price to old price ie Rs. 1768/bag to provide relief to farmers.

He said, however, any justified increase in price would be notified by government later on after consulting with industry.

The minister also assured the industry that government would address issues pertaining to outstanding payments of industry. He said that the government had restored the gas supplies to fertiliser plants as per agreement and would continue to receive uninterrupted gas supplies for domestic production to support the farmers and the agriculture base of the country.

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