Traders warned against overpricing fertilizers

By Times Of India on 23 Dec 2017 | read
MADURAI: The Madurai district administration has sent out a warning to all traders selling agricultural inputs stating that stern action will be taken against them if they were found selling fertilizers above the price fixed by manufacturers. The action will result in cancellation of licenses issued to the traders, collector, K Veera Raghav Rao warned in a statement.
The district administration has observed that millets and pulses are at harvest stage while paddy crop has completed planting stage. Since the agriculture season is at full swing, the administration has adequately stocked, 6361 metric tonnes of urea, 1687 metric tonnes of (Diammonium Phosphate), 2575 metric tonnes of potash and 2436 metric tonnes of complex fertilizer, at Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS).

All 164 private fertilizer vendors and 160 PACS were provided with Point-of-Sales equipment with which all sale transactions are to be carried out. In last farmers' grievance redressal meeting, the collector had also asked farmers to keep a watch of inflated prices on agriculture and report to district administration. Post GST, the prices have slightly increased and traders were asked to display both new and old prices on fertilizers bags. Any violation of these norms will be taken seriously and stern action will be taken against the traders, the collector warned.