Companies demand additional rack points for Kashmir division
Manzoor Ah Lone
Shopian: Fertilizers companies operating here have been asked to make timely availability of quality fertilizer to farmers for the Rabi season, with they demanding additional rack points for Kashmir division.
This was stated by Secretary agriculture Production department Manzoor Ahmad Lone while taking stock of availability of chemical fertilizers in the state during the high level meeting of officers and representatives of different fertilizer companies here.
He impressed upon the representatives of fertilizer companies for timely availability of fertilizers as per the requirement keeping in view of Rabi season. He emphasized on the participants to uphold the quality standards of different fertilizers.
He cautioned the concerned fertilizer company representatives of strict legal action if found guilty of spurious fertilizer trade. He asked the companies to maintain sufficient buffer stock of fertilizers in view of upcoming winter season. While highlighting the importance of agriculture and horticulture sectors, Lone said these two sectors are the back bone of states rural economy, these sectors not only generate huge revenue but provide employment opportunities to the maximum portion of state population.
Earlier Director Agriculture Jammu H.K.Razdan who is also the fertilizer controller for the state informed the meeting that for rabi season the total requirement of different fertilizers for Jammu and Kashmir state is 1,40,750 Metric tons, out of which 90,900 MTs is the requirement of Kashmir division and 49850 Mts is for Jammu division.
Raising various issues the representatives of fertilizer companies said that there is only one rack point for Kashmir division and demanded two more such facilities may be established at an earliest in the valley so that the farmers of Kashmir division get benefited by receiving fertilizers at their doorsteps. The companies also requested secretary Agriculture Production Department that J&K State may be given exemption from e-way bill system.
Secretary assured the fertilizer companies that their genuine demands will be looked into and will be submitted to the Ministry of Fertilizers Government of India so that the farmers interests could be safeguarded.
Among others the meeting was attended by Director Horticulture Kashmir M.A.Quadri, Director Law Enforcement J&K Ab.Rahim Samoon, M.D Agros Bhawani Rakhwal, Joint Director Inputs Kashmir Deepak Kuchroo and other concerned officers.