Joint Director for Agriculture C. Chinnaswamy warned traders selling fertilizers at higher price than the price printed on the bags with stern action.
He said that ”fertilizers are sold at 556 fertilizer outlets in the Erode district, including primary agricultural co-operative societies and private retail fertilizer outlets.
The district has adequate stocks of urea, DAP, potash and complex fertilizers. Co-operative societies and private fertilizer outlets have been ordered to sell the available fertilizers only at the price printed on the bags.
Following this, a team led by the Assistant Director of Agriculture (Quality Control) conducted a surprise inspection of fertilizer outlets in the Satyamangalam area today.
The study was carried out to see if the bags were sold at fair price. He advised the traders to display the price list, procure fertilizers by placing invoices, getting the signature of farmers in the sales receipts, maintain stock registers, sell the goods through point of sales machine and keep the stocks only in approved locations.
He warned that stern action will be taken against the traders under the Fertilizer Control Order 1985, if the norms are violated. He directed the Assistant Directors of Agriculture to actively monitor this at the regional level.
At present the district has sufficient stock of 6260 MT of urea, 1210 MT of DAP, 3960 MT of potash and 7765 MT of complex fertilizer at the co-operative societies and private fertilizer outlets.
Farmers are requested to test the soil and apply fertilizers as per the fertilizer recommendation.
He also asked the farmers to look at the price printed on the bags while buying fertilizer and get the relevant receipt.