Vol. 5 Num 1104 Mon. July 09, 2007  

New fertiliser distribution system from next season

Agriculture Adviser Dr C S Karim yesterday said the government is to introduce a new fertiliser distribution system from next season stretching the network to union level.

" Fertiliser will be distributed directly from unions...and for transparency in fertiliser management, registers would be maintained at dealers' shops and farmers would be given cards," he said while addressing a meeting at the conference room of Rajshahi Deputy Commissioner in the afternoon.

"Fresh dealers will be appointed from among the locals at union level so that a dealer can have both the opportunities, to serve his neighbours as well as to have business," he added.

Dr Karim, also a nuclear scientist, informed that steps towards introducing the new system are already complete and necessary instructions were given after series of surveys and researches.

He asked officials concerned especially in the district administrations and agriculture to supervise and monitor the entire system with utmost dedication to make it a success.

"Buffer stocks will be built up in old districts for helping those areas that are yet to have buffer godowns," he added.

The adviser asked the officials to enforce their highest power given by the law of the land to prevent smuggling of agricultural inputs, adulterated fertilisers and pesticides.

About reaching Tk 750 crore subsidies on diesel, he said those farmers, who are using diesel-run irrigation machines, would be given the subsidy directly through cards.

These cards will be distributed among the farmers in open meetings at union councils after proper scrutiny by union parishad members, chairmen, block supervisers and upazila administration, he added.

Dr Karim called for training and motivation of farmers for balanced use of fertilisers.

He instructed officials to empower farmers by ensuring their direct access to markets.

"Introduce farmers' markets at every district to fight middlemen who are eating up their benefits," he added.

He also gave order for taking all measures to control prices of essentials during the Ramadan.

Rajshahi Divisional Commissioner Mohammad Shafiul Alam chaired the meeting which was attended by Agriculture Secretary M Abdul Aziz and Director General of agricultural extension department (DAE) Abdul Bari.

Deputy commissioners, DAE deputy directors and forest officials from 16 northern districts were present at the meeting.