Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: The Department of Agriculture has intensified checks on unsold fertilizer stock at the private outlets in the district following complaints of shortage of DAP supply from the farmers.

S. Devasahayam, Joint Director of Agriculture, told The Hindu that two special squads had been constituted in the district to ensure that black marketing and profiteering was not taking place at the storage points and outlets of private dealers. He said that with effect from July 1, DAP were sold only through Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies (PACS) as per the instructions of the government. Hence, the checks would ensure that the DAP stocked by private dealers prior to July 1 were being liquidated expeditiously.

Stringent action would be taken against the dealers if they were found to have involved in malpractice.

Farmers could register their complaints against fraudulent dealers with the Assistant Director of Agriculture (Quality Control) either in person or through telephone (No 94438-72514). The stocks seized from such erring dealers would be handed over to Tamil Nadu State Co-operative Marketing Federation (TANFED) for its distribution through PACS.

He said that 5,029 tonne of fertilizers (DAP, Urea and Potash) had been distributed in the district since April 1 against the requirement of 13,100 tonne computed for ‘kharif’ season.