In an attempt to prevent black marketing of fertilisers across the State, on the instruction of Agriculture Minister Badal, a team of the department conducted surprise inspections of several fertiliser retail centers in Gumla district on Wednesday.
A team on the instructions of Director Agriculture, Nisha Oraon Singhmaar, is doing surprise inspections in other districts on the basis of information. This team is led by DDP Santosh Kumar.
Singhmaar informed that surprise inspections were conducted by this team at 7 shops in Khunti, and the disturbances were found and administrative action is being taken against these vendors. “Simultaneously, surprise inspections were conducted in 8 shops in Bharano Block and Sisai Block in Gumla District. Surprise inspections were conducted by this team at 7 shops in Khunti, and the disturbances were found. Administrative action is being taken against these vendors,” she added.
“Due to a short supply of fertilizer we received some reports that in some places manure sellers are doing black marketing.
A Bengal based company, Matrix Fertilisers and Chemicals Limited, which was allotted 15000 MT by the Government of India for Jharkhand, is not operational due to Covid lockdown. Due to this also a shortfall is happening,” said Singhmaar.
The Director Agriculture also informed that during the surprise inspection it was found that unlicensed fertilisers were being sold at high prices at many places, who were given strict instructions to stop selling the fertilisers, otherwise action would be taken against them. Many shopkeepers did not get the mFMS id, due to which the sale was not being done through posh machines, she added.
“In order to stop black marketing, promotion has been intensified. Fertiliser rates and other information are being made available to the farmers through newspapers, advertisements, posters and SMS. The District Agriculture Officers have been directed to put a proper ceiling on the stock of the Registered Retailer so that hoarding does not take place. Along with this, an appeal is being made to the farmers that they should buy only from authorised vendors from POS machines,” said Singhmaar.
The Agriculture Director said that along with this, the Department of Agriculture is also encouraging the use of imported urea as it is required in less quantity, which reduces the cost of cultivation.
Due to its slow dissolution, it provides nutrients to crops for a longer period than normal urea, and its leaching is also less, she added.