ISLAMABAD: Minister of Industry and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar urged the Sindh government to take action against the fertilizer dealers.
According to the minister, fertilizer dealers based in Sindh bought an additional 125,000 tonnes of urea compared to last year, similarly dealers in outlying areas of Punjab (adjacent to Sindh) bought 50,000 tonnes of urea. additional urea compared to last year for hoarding purposes. . He regretted that, unfortunately, due to serious negligence by the government of Sindh, these stocks could not be moved to the supply areas in Punjab; thus threatening the agricultural season of Rabi which is the concern of our national food security. He reiterated that the Sindh government should take action against the grabbers on the basis of data on suspected grabbers in Sindh provided by the federal government.
In addition, the minister announced that a new law to reward whistleblowers is being enacted to control hoarding and profits, whereby a maximum of 5 million rupees will be awarded to those who provide credible information. and exploitable on the hoarding of fertilizers to the government.
In addition, the minister said that there was a large amount of urea available for the Rabi season, as the government forecast an additional production of 2.25,000 tonnes compared to last year by extending the operations of the factories. North and FFBL until February. In addition to these measures, the government is finalizing the import of urea which will arrive in Karachi by mid-December to maintain urea buffer stocks.
Earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a meeting on the position of fertilizer supply, where he praised the efforts of the Ministry of Industry and Production, the government of Punjab and the cooperation of companies in fertilizer to make collective efforts to reduce urea prices by 400 rupees in one week. Since urea consumption is higher in Punjab, the measures taken by the government have also reduced the prices charged by dealers in Sindh.
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