Govt. to involve private players in fertilizer distribution

SRINAGAR:  With the aim to provide adequate fertilizer round the year to farmers, Government is mulling to involve the private players in its distribution system without disturbing the present mechanism.

This decision was taken at a high level meeting chaired by the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Ghulam Hassan Mir here this afternoon. The Meeting was convened to streamline the distribution network of fertilizer in the state.

The Meeting decided that wholesale dealership license would be given only to those private players who have sound financial position and good reputation. They should also guarantee to provide advance consignment before peak season.

The Minister said that presently the J&KFED, J&KAICL, Marketing societies and Centre level Cooperatives are acting as whole sale dealer adding that at peak season they cannot manage funds to procure the fertilizer in advance. He said this has become the reason for the government to involve the financially sound private players in its distribution. He said that “we are trying to our best to streamline the distribution system with the aim to reach out to those inaccessible areas where utilization of fertilizer is still a distant dream”. He clarified that it is a trial experiment for the government and if it helps the system, it would be strengthened in every passing year.

 The Minister said that the whole process is being managed by Controller Fertilizer with active support of both the Directors of Agriculture and Director Enforcement to ensure supply of quality, adequate fertilizer to the farmers across the state.

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