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NIZAMABAD: Collector D. Varaprasad has appealed to farming community not to worry about the supply of fertilizer as the government is very much prepared to position whatever amount of fertilizer is required during kharif.
Issuing a warning to the PACS secretaries that stern action would be taken against them if they were found guilty of diverting fertilizer, he suggested to farmers to maintain restraint in receiving it.
The Collector made a visit to railway station here on Friday to observe unloading of fertilizer bags from railway wagons.
He said 5,200 tonnes of fertilizer arrived today taking it to total 69,000 tonnes so far supplied in the district.
Another 2,600 tonnes urea will reach tomorrow and all the fertilizer will be deployed in 520 trucks to all the concerned Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies (PACS), he said.
He disclosed that there was a need of 30,000 tonnes of urea and arrangements were on to bring it at the earliest.
The fertilizer use increased more than expectation as all the irrigation projects were brimful to their capacity, high rainfall was recorded and sowing area was also expanded.
Saying that Donkal villagers in Morthad mandal were extremely happy as they were getting water for cultivation for the first time in the last 28 years, he said it was in the district alone the supply of fertilizer was not entrusted to dealers but to the 140 PACS.
To avoid irregularities the responsibility in the supply of fertilizer to farmers was entrusted with agricultural officers and the PACS secretaries.
Two secretaries who were found to be guilty of dereliction of duty were placed under suspension.
The farmers were requested to purchase as per their requirement and not to go in for excess use.
Farmers in the district had earned a dubious record of using excessive fertilizer, but only the judicious use would fetch them good produce. Small and marginal farmers were given first priority in the fertilizer supply, said Mr. Varaprasad.
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