Fertilizer dealers blame Agriculture Minister

SRINAGAR: Blaming Ministry of Agriculture for supplying fertilizers to only blue-eyed dealers, Fertilizer dealers of Kashmir Friday said that they have been ruined by the government after persuading them to make investments.

Central Level Fertilizer Co-operative Societies Association said that despite paying hefty amounts, the fertilizer is not being supplied to them.

“Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative (IFFCO) is bound to supply 60 percent fertilizers to Cooperaives and 40 percent to private dealers. But they are violating their own bye-laws and recently this company supplied 100 percent fertilizers to Agro industry, Lal Mandi,” Irshad Ahmed, a dealer said.

They said that such kind of acts give boost to black-marketting. “We were directly getting the fertilizers from IFFCO but now we have to approach a middle-man first and this type of development has made us to suffer a lot,” they said.

Agriculture Minister, Ghulam Hassan Mir told CNS that those dealers who will pay will certainly get fertilizers. “They should approach the company as government has nothing to do with it,” Mir said. (CNS)

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