SRINAGAR: To regulate the supply and sale of different types of fertilisers across the Valley, Director Agriculture Kashmir, Syed Altaf Aijaz Andrabi convened a meeting here on Friday.
He stressed on strengthening the direct benefit transfer system (DBTS), making the proceedings more transparent and farmer-friendly, an official handout read.
According to the handout, the present status of supply and demand of different types of fertilisers across Kashmir division was discussed.
Director agriculture impressed upon strictly following the instructions of Department of Fertilisers Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers, Government of India for successful implementation of direct benefit transfer in fertilisers.
He directed all the block, panchayat-level officers and officers of the enforcement agencies to make sure that all retail fertiliser dealers of Kashmir Valley used Point of Sale (POS) machines for sale of fertilisers and no sale was made without POS machines.
He said, “There are clear cut instructions from Ministry of Fertilisers Government of India that the retailers who have not installed POS machines at their respective shops, their licenses are to be treated as cancelled.”
Director agriculture also called upon the officers of extension agency of the department to gear up their field staff to “provide all the technical guidance to the farmers and growers during the use of fertilisers” so that the aim of reducing and minimising the expenses on fertiliser purchase could be achieved, improving the socio-economic status of the farmers, the handout added.
He called upon the participants to reaffirm the commitment of working for the betterment of farming community which is the” moral and professional responsibility of the department”.