Staff Reporter

If they sell products higher than price fixed by Government "There are no complaints regarding the availability of urea"

RAMANATHAPURAM: The Collector, K.S. Muthuswaamy has directed the officials of agricultural department to take severe action against those traders who sell fertilizers more than the prices stipulated by the Government.

He was responding to the farmers at the monthly grievances meeting held here on Friday.

Gnanavasagam, district secretary of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), said that almost all the fertilizer dealers operating from various parts of the district were charging additional price for urea, DAP and other fertilizers.

The over pricing of fertilizers varied from Rs.25 to Rs100 depending upon the situation and availability.

Unfair trade practices

Several other farmers who were present at the meeting also accused the traders for utilising the opportunity to earn money through unfair trade practices.

G. Mahalingam, Joint Director (in-charge), said the department had taken several steps to streamline and monitor the fertilizer trade.

Delay in loan disbursal

K. Sivaji, Joint Registrar, Cooperatives, said that so far, crop loans to the tune of Rs.6 crore has been disbursed to the farmers across the district.

When some farmers blamed the officials for delaying the disbursal of loan, he said that officials were following some regulations to prevent `binamies' from getting the crop loan.

Enough stock of fertilizer

Mr. Muthuswaamy said that enough stock of fertilizer was maintained in all blocks of the district. He said that there were no complaints regarding the availability of urea.

Reacting to the farmers complaints that there was a heavy demand for DAP, he said that stock would be made available to farmers wherever necessary.

Z. Jamaludeen, Agricultural Officer and others participated.