KARACHI - The growers and agriculture experts have suggested the government to give subsidy on retail sale of fertilizer instead of giving it to fertilizer companies so that the farmers could get direct benefit from the subsidy system. They said the fertilizer companies have not transferred the impact of subsidy, which they are receiving in the tune of billion of rupees from the government. Abdul Majeed Nizamani, grower leader and agriculture expert, while talking to The Nation said the fertilizer sector was receiving heavy subsidies in the form of oil, gas supplies and GST, while in return, manufacturers are bound to sell the fertilizer at subsidised rates to farmers. But, in fact, fertilizer companies are not providing the fertilizer to farmers on subsidized rates, he said. He pointed out that the cultivation of wheat was almost completed in all over the country but the fertilizer dealers were selling the commodity on higher prices. The federal government had claimed for bringing down the prices of fertilizers including DAP and Urea and their smooth supply but these claims have proved ineffective, he said. He said the farmers are forced to purchase the fertilizer on exorbitant prices from dealers. The current loopholes system of subsidy in fertilizer sector was patronised the fertilizer manufacturers; he remarked and suggested that the pattern of subsidy for this sector should be changed. He proposed that the subsidy to fertilizer sector should be given at the retail level so the small farmers could get benefit from the subsidy. He also suggested that subsidy should be given on other agriculture inputs such as electricity for tube-well, seeds and pesticides. It may be noted here that government had already withdrawn GST from fertilizer companies and allocated huge subsidy on fertilizer but dealers are fleecing the farmers by charging more than the prescribed prices of DAP and Urea in Sindh and Punjab. After the abolition of GST on Urea, the actual price of this fertilizer should have been around Rs 590 per bag but it was being sold at Rs 600 per bag or above, another grower said adding that during shortage and black-marketing of the commodity, the prices of fertilizer touched Rs850 per bag. Similarly, the DAP was being sold at Rs 3400 per bag after the abolition of GST while its actual price should have been in the range of Rs 2700/bag, sources said adding the artificial shortage of the fertilizer is being created to extort money from the growers. The representatives of growers' organisations in Punjab and Sindh told that the DAP and Urea fertilizer were not being provided on the prices matching with the subsidy announced in the budget nor the relief of abolition of GST on sale of urea passed on to growers. Instead of providing relief to growers, government has allowed the fertilizer companies to increase Urea price which diminished the expected benefit of subsidy and abolition of GST on fertilizer for growers. A grower leader confirmed that the result of Rs11 billion subsidy on DAP and abolition of GST has not yielded. Agriculture experts and growers pointed out that sugarcane, wheat and other crops were being cultivated in country and they needed initial food of urea but the prices of fertilizer was out of reach of small and medium size farmers while in various areas fertilizer was not available in the market. The small growers were victim of this acute shortage and high prices of the urea as profit mafia still profiting through the black marketing of commodity. He said the government should pay urgent attention to the problems and smooth supply of urea must be ensured at reasonable prices. The growers suggested that government should intervene in the matter and take steps for direct supply of fertilizer from companies to growers. It may be mentioned here that government had already imported the urea fertilizer which had arrived and is being dispatched across the country.