Hyderabad: Agriculture Principal Secretary C Parthasarathi on Tuesday directed all District Collectors to conduct meetings with all fertilizer suppliers and ensure availability of fertilizers for the ensuing kharif season.
The Principal Secretary wrote letters to Collectors and District Agriculture Officers to conduct dealers meet and to issue instructions to all dealers regarding the change in package size of urea. He explained that instead of 50 kg bags, the government would be supplying 45 kg bags mainly aimed at reduction of excessive use of fertilizers by end users. He also wanted the dealers to ensure that price of urea was maintained at Rs 242 per 45 kg bag and Zincated Urea at Rs 266 for the same quantity.
Parthasarathi further wanted the Collectors to monitor the movement and availability of fertilizers through MARKFED, societies and dealers and ensure that there was no shortage of fertilizers to farmers.
Principal Secretary, in another letter to Collectors, directed them to issue instructions and ensure that all the MAOs, who are also seed Inspectors, conduct detailed inspections of sale, processing, packaging and storage of unapproved HT Cotton Seed for next season.
He also wanted the officials to book cases against violators under Indian Penal Code as the biodiversity of cotton is getting polluted and contaminated with unapproved transgenic traits which may further cause yield loss and health hazards.