Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar has cancelled all leave for officials from the Agriculture Department who are required to monitor the supply of fertilizer and seeds for the kharif season.

Presiding over a meeting of Agriculture and Revenue officials here on Thursday, Mr. Kumar said no official would be allowed to leave the headquarters or place of posting and no leave would be sanctioned to assistant agricultural officers whose presence was required for the smooth supply of fertilizer and seeds to farmers in the next two months, without the permission of the Deputy Commissioner. He called for proper coordination between the Agriculture and Revenue departments to ensure that the process was completed without any trouble.

Inspection

The Deputy Commissioner asked deputy tahsildars to visit the raitha samparka kendras and VSSNs in the district to conduct checks.

Fertilizer should be sold as per the new rates, he added. With the price of urea having fallen, even as there was a slight increase in the prices of complex fertilizer, demand for urea had increased. However, farmers should be made aware that only urea would not help increase the yield, he said.

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