NASHIK: As soon as the kharif season begins in the district, there is a huge rush of farmers to buy fertilizer. The Department of Agriculture is keeping a close eye on such vendors to ensure that there is no fraud on the part of the farmers. In the last fortnight, licenses of 14 fertilizer sellers have been suspended. About 2.58 lakh metric tons of chemical fertilizers were demanded for Nashik district.
Out of which, 24,000 metric tons of urea fertilizer has been made available to the district. Vendors should provide fertilizers to farmers at the printed price. Such instructions have been given by the agriculture department to the vendors in the district. A total of 1,380 vendors in the district have been provided e-pos machines to avoid any black market while selling fertilizers. There is no need to take the thumbprint of the farmer on this machine or if the mobile number is linked to the Aadhaar card.
After completing this process, the farmer gets fertilizer and all this information is with the Department of Agriculture. Farmers often have to wait due to stress on the posam machine. The Bharari squad has raided the sales outlets at Malegaon, Nandgaon and Umrane. Instructions have been given to post information on fertilizer stocks, their prices and other things outside the shops. However, most of the shopkeepers have gone on strike against these suggestions and this needs to be taken into consideration by the agriculture authorities.
Transparency in fertilizer distribution
E-pos machines have stopped the fraud of farmers and government from fertilizer sellers. If there is a discrepancy in the sale of fertilizer, the seller’s license is suspended. In the last fortnight, licenses of 14 vendors in the district have been revoked. - Ramesh Shinde, Agriculture Development Officer, ZP