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Agri dept suspends licences of two firms

The district agriculture department has suspended four licences of two private firms for alleged “linkage sale of urea” and violating procedure of fertiliser supply, at a time when private dealers are minting money by taking advantage of urea shortage in Punjab.

punjab Updated: Jan 05, 2015 22:56 IST
Jatinder Kohli

The district agriculture department has suspended four licences of two private firms for alleged “linkage sale of urea” and violating procedure of fertiliser supply, at a time when private dealers are minting money by taking advantage of urea shortage in Punjab.

A team of agriculture department is also inquiring the matter and will give its report to the authorities concerned in a few days.

Urea was sold to farmers by compelling them to buy additional pesticide with the fertiliser, termed as “linkage sale”.

The firms — Anmol Pesticides and Khad Store in Mehatpur and Jyoti Brothers in Nurmahal — were found violating the Insecticide Act, 1968, and the Fertiliser (Control) Order, 1985, for allegedly receiving supply beyond procedure.

This came to light when the department received complaints from farmers in these areas.

The district agriculture department has formed four teams, led by agriculture officers and agriculture development officers who are regularly inspecting fertiliser dealers and stores and sending reports to the authorities.

The district is facing a shortage of 5,000 tonnes of urea, a rich source of nitrogen needed for growth of wheat plant.

So far, the district has received 33,000 tonnes of urea against the required 38,000 tonnes. The department claimed that the remaining supply will reach in a few days.

Tarsem Singh, resident of Nahla village, said small farmers like him were finding it difficult to arrange the fertiliser. He needs 20 bags of urea but failed to get any, Tarsem said. He alleged that big farmers with political connection have procured urea for the entire season while others are still to get for even the initial stage.

District Congress (rural) president Jagbir Singh Brar said it is a shame for the government that farmers are being harassed for urea.

Jalandhar chief agriculture officer Swatantra Kumar Aeri said four licences of Anmol Pesticides and Khad Store and Jyoti Brothers have been suspended, pending outcome of the inquiry report.

Aeri said though they were found at fault for “linkage sale”, the department has not come across any case of hoarding in the district.