SIALKOT - Farmers and growers have announced to suspend the supply of vegetables and other agricultural produce from November 18 to markets in the district in protest over shortage of fertiliser. Repeated appeals about prolonged paucity of fertiliser by the farming community to the district administration had drawn a blank. Cultivators fear that due to the unending scarcity of fertiliser, there could be a 50 per cent reduction in wheat crop yield this year. Talking to newsmen on Monday, local farmers and growers alleged that dealers had created an artificial shortage of urea in the districts all four tehsils. Wheat growers and farmers have been facing great ordeal in getting urea at this stage for their standing crops, said Chaudhry Mumtaz Bajwa, Rehmat Husanin Bajwa, Muhammad Azam, Abdul Wahid, Muhammad Saleem and Chaudhry Javaid. The cultivators said that urea and DAP fertiliser were scarce in Sialkot as dealers and stockists had created an artificial shortage due to which the farming community had been suffered immensely. They said the Sialkot District Administration had failed to curb the menace of hoarding fertiliser. The perturbed farmers also alleged that some dealers were selling urea and DAP fertiliser on inflated rates. They said due to the present situation, they were compelled to suspend the supply of agricultural produce to the local market from November 18. They urged Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, Gujranwala Commissioner Saeed Wahla and Sialkot DCO Mujahid Sher Dil to take serious notice of the situation and take steps for redressal of their genuine complaint. 500 seed kits given to small farmers: The District Agriculture Department distributed 500 vegetable seed kits free of cost among local small growers under the Punjab Chief Ministers Kitchen Gardening Programme in Sialkot on Monday. The department also established exhibitory kitchen gardening plots in the district. Prices of woollen clothes rise as winter sets in: As the winter season sets in, prices of second-hand woollen garments and dry fruits have been increased considerably by vendors and traders, compounding problems of the inflation-hit poor people. Weather is turning cold day by day in Sialkot due to which the people have started using warm clothes. Although prices of second-hand woollen garments have risen in Landa bazaars, the poor are compelled to buy warm clothes on higher rates. Vendors and traders said that sale of woollen clothes was not picking up because of their high prices. People are of the view that there was more than 50 percent increase in the prices of warm clothes and dry fruits this year compared to the last year.