: Minister of State for Medical Education Sharan Prakash Patil and Municipal Administration Minister Qamar-ul Islam directed the Karnataka Marketing Federation officials to decentralise the process of distribution and storage of fertilizer at godowns in the taluk headquarters for easy off-loading by retailers and the Vyavasaya Seva Sahakara Sangha Niyamita (VSSNs).

Taking exception to the practice of off-loading fertilizer to the VSSNs and retail outlets centrally in its godowns in Gulbarga, Dr. Patil said storing the fertilizer at the taluk headquarters would help the VSSNs to easily off-load them.

Mr. Islam directed Agriculture Department officials to ensure supply of seeds of the farmers’ choice and that no brand should be forced upon farmers. “The State government has issued directions in this regard to the Agriculture Department.”