The revised retail prices of fertilizers as per the new fertilizer policy of the Union government has come into effect from April 1, Collector T. Soundiah has said.

In a press release, Mr. Soundiah said the price of fertilizers has been fixed on the basis of their nutrient content. However, under the subsidy scheme, the maximum retail price for urea would continue to be fixed by the government.

The retail price of urea would be uniform throughout Tamil Nadu though the prices of the other fertilizers would be fixed by the respective manufacturers.

The price of urea, per 50 kg bag, for stocks dated before March 31, 2010 would be Rs.251.16, while the current price will be Rs.276.12. The prices of various other fertilizers of different companies have also been notified.

The district had a stock of about 5,487 tonnes of urea, 522 tonnes of super phosphate, 9356 tonnes of potash, 627 tonnes of DAP and 5,515 tonnes of other complex fertilizers.

The existing stocks could be sold only as per the previous government fixed rates and only stocks (of fertilizers other than urea) obtained after April 1, 2010 could be sold as per the rates fixed by the respective companies, Mr. Soundiah said.

Quality control officers of the Agriculture Department have already inspected the fertilizer retail outlets and checked the stocks and the retail rates.

“Verify rates”

Farmers have been advised to verify the rates and in case of doubts contact the Joint Director of Agriculture, Tiruchi, the Assistant Director of Agriculture (Quality Control) or the Assistant Directors of Agriculture in the respective blocks.