An investigation team formed by the parliamentary standing committee on the industries ministry yesterday visited Chittagong and collected samples of imported fertilisers for chemical analysis with a view to ascertaining whether they could be used by farmers.
The seven-member probe team led by Kamal Ahmed Mazumder, MP, visited the jetty of Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Limited (CUFL) where the imported fertilisers have been lying for the last nine months.
The fertilisers were brought from Vietnam through Swiss-Singapore Overseas Enterprise under the arrangements of the state-run Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC).
After visiting the CUFL jetty, the team held a meeting with officials of BCIC and CUFL.
Apart from lawmaker Mazumder, the investigation team comprises two MPs, an additional secretary of the industries ministry, chairman and director of the BCSIR and a Buet expert.
Sirajul Haque Khan, a member of the team and also an associate professor of Buet's chemical engineering department, said that the team had collected a sample from the fertilisers and would send it to two laboratories for examinations.
Sources said that in order to meet the demand for fertiliser in the country, the BCIC had imported 41,000 tonnes of it worth Tk 193 crore. But questions were raised regarding its quality.
However, 16,000 tonnes of the consignment have already been distributed to dealers.
The rest, after being exposed to rain, has become solid and unusable, added the sources.