Stop import of non-FCO fertilisers into valley: Joint Dir Agri Extn to fertiliser cos

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SRINAGAR: Joint Director, Agriculture Extension Kashmir, Chowdhary Mohammad Iqbal on Thursday directed officers to sensitise the retail fertiliser dealers regarding the sale of fertilisers through Point of Sale (POS) machines, so that farmers may not face any hardships and inconveniences.
He instructed the fertiliser companies operating in the valley to “immediately stop (if any) the import of non-FCO (Fertliser Control Order) organic/bio-fertilisers and other products into the valley” as per the orders issued by Agriculture Production Department, Government of Jammu and Kashmir vide no.: 96-Agri of 2018 dated 20-03-2018, an official handout read.
The joint director was speaking at a meeting to review the progress of supply stock and sale of different kinds of fertilisers across the valley and to review the achievements on the implementation of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in the fertiliser sector held here at Agriculture Complex, Lalmandi.
Iqbal called upon the nodal officer of the department to strictly ensure that the government order was followed in letter and spirit by all the concerned and to closely monitor the sale proceedings of fertilisers, so that farmers’ interests could be protected, read the handout.
He directed the concerned officers to ensure that all the sale procedures were taking place through POS machines and that sufficient availability of quality fertilisers to the farmers across the valley must be maintained. He directed the officers to complete all the necessary arrangements to start the online registration as well as issuance of license, the handout read.