People concerned in ‘synthetic scarcity’ of urea shall be handled iron fist: PM


ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Imran Khan has mentioned that the federal government is concentrated on the availability of appropriate quantity of fertiliser for optimum manufacturing of wheat to make sure meals safety within the nation.

The premier was chairing a gathering in Islamabad on Friday relating to the demand and provide of fertiliser particularly urea within the nation.

He mentioned that 25,000 tonnes of urea are produced in Pakistan day-after-day which is sufficient to meet the wants of the agriculture sector, warning that those that are “creating an artificial shortage of urea would be dealt with an iron hand”.

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The prime minister additionally added that document bumper crops of wheat, sugarcane, cotton and maize had been produced within the nation final 12 months.

Due to agriculture pleasant insurance policies of the federal government in the course of the 12 months 2020-2021, the farmers earned an extra revenue of Rs822 billion, he added.

“The farmers increased the purchase of urea due to the income earned by them,” he mentioned.

He went on to say that the provision of urea for farmers particularly in the course of the subsequent three weeks is essential to achieve a bumper crop of wheat.

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The prime minister directed the related officers to take all doable steps to place in place an efficient provide chain of urea for the Rabi crops.

He instructed the provincial chief secretaries to take efficient steps to cease the hoarding and smuggling of fertiliser, by way of the district administration and finish the acquisition of fertiliser by way of the middlemen exterior of the traditional provide chain.

He ordered the officers to work along with all stakeholders together with producers of fertiliser so that provide of urea could possibly be ensured to the farmers for a bumper crop of wheat this 12 months.

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Moreover, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Khusro Bakhtyar has mentioned the federal government has supplied a subsidy value Rs400 billion for the event of agriculture sector and ensured uninterrupted fuel provide to the fertiliser trade to spice up agriculture manufacturing within the nation.

Addressing a press convention together with house owners of fertiliser industries in Islamabad, the federal minister mentioned the federal government has additionally launched an internet portal to watch urea manufacturing and provide.

He mentioned sellers’ names, areas and truck numbers have been entered within the ‘tracing system’ by the producers in real-time to assist monitor the fertiliser transport. “The government is taking all these steps to control smuggling of urea bags.”

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