Concerned over the reports of urea hoarding, officials of district administrations and the agriculture department on Sunday conducted raids on private dealers and co-operative societies.
The Punjab chief secretary had ordered the deputy commissioners and SDMs to check records pertaining to urea and send report in this regard in the evening.
In Jalandhar, deputy commissioner Kamal Kishore Yadav, chief agriculture officer Swatantra Kumar Aeri and SDM Rajat Oberoi visited four fertiliser stores at the new grain and new vegetable market of the city and checked the records.
Shortage of urea has created panic among farmers across Punjab and private dealers are taking advantage of the situation by selling urea bags on high prices and with “linkage sale”.
In the last fortnight, an acute shortage of urea has left wheat farmers high and dry in the state and farmers’ unions have accused the dealers of black marketing of the fertiliser.
On Sunday, a team led by the DC raided four dealers — VK fertilisers, Punjab Khad Store, New RV Trader and Kisan Khad Store — and found their records satisfactory.
District chief agriculture officer Swatantra Kumar Aeri said in rural areas, the SDMs concerned with agriculture officers carried surprise checking but found nothing wrong.
Aeri further said reports are being prepared and will be sent to the higher authorities on Sunday night.
Kapurthala deputy commissioner DS Mangat said officials are checking the records of private dealers and godowns but there are no reports of hoarding in the district.
In Hoshiarpur, SDMs with officials of agriculture and procurement agencies visited fertiliser stores, co-operative societies in all subdivisions but no case of hoarding was found there.
Nawanshahr deputy commissioner Ravinder Singh said raids were still underway in the district by the time of filing the news report.
The agriculture department in Jalandhar had suspended four licences of two private firms for alleged “linkage sale” of urea and violating procedure of fertiliser supply last week and inquiry is still underway. The report in this connection will be sent to to the authorities concerned soon.
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 Fertilizer (Control) Order, 1985, for allegedly violating the norms.
Urea required: 43,000 tonnes (till date)
Urea arrival: 42500 tonnes (till date)
Shortage: 500 tonnes
Urea required: 29,000 tonnes
Urea arrival: 28,000 tonnes
Shortage: 1,000 tonnes