ANDHRA PRADESH

Fertilizer dealers warned

Long wait: Farmers waiting in a queue at a fertilizer shop in Sangareddy. — Photo: MOHD. ARIF

Long wait: Farmers waiting in a queue at a fertilizer shop in Sangareddy. — Photo: MOHD. ARIF  

Action will be taken against those who create artificial shortage: Minister

Minister for Medical Education P. Sudarshan Reddy has warned the private fertilizer dealers that severe action will be initiated against them if they were found guilty of creating artificial shortage in the market.

Appeal

Reviewing the condition of irrigation and agriculture in the district with the officials here on Wednesday, the Minister appealed to farmers and people at large to inform the administration if they found that the dealers were hoarding fertilizers and clandestinely selling them away at higher prices.

No shortage

“In fact, there is no shortage of urea and other fertilizers and they are placed with cooperative societies and also private dealers from time to time. However, the very next day of unloading stocks dealers are putting up no stock boards creating artificial shortages. Complaints are galore particularly from Bodhan area. If this is true dealers' licences will be cancelled and action be initiated against them”, he said.

Assuring the farming community that they would be supplied sufficient amount of fertilisers as 250 truck loads of urea already arrived and an equivalent number of truck loads would be coming soon, he asked the Nagarjuna Company representatives to supply fertilizers through the Primary Agriculture Cooperative Societies.

Mr. Sudarshan Reddy directed the irrigation authorities to ensure filling of irrigation tanks through Ali Sagar and Gutpal lift schemes as inflows into the SRSP were hopeful.

Twenty tanks in Bardipur area should be filled with Ali Sagar lift scheme water and trial run conducted for Bardipur lift, he said.

Asking the authorities to release water through Ali Sagar and Gutpa LI schemes in six days, he said all tanks under the SRSP needed to be given water. However, he expressed concern over the cultivable conditions under Nizam Sagar Project as there is no rainfall in its upper reaches.

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