Our Staff Reporter HAFIZABAD - The sugarcane growers of the district have protested bitterly to the decrease in the support price of sugarcane and have called upon the government to increase the support price of sugarcane keeping in view the skyrocketing prices of agricultural inputs. Voicing his concern, Sugarcane Association Tehsil President Malik Shaukat Ali Phularwan pointed out that last year sugarcane support price was Rs250 per maund but for the current year it had been fixed at Rs150 per maund which was blatant injustice with the growers. He said that Urea price had gone up to Rs1,800 from Rs800 and DAP Price had shot up to Rs4,200 per bag from Rs1,700, while the tariff of electricity and prices of diesel and other agricultural inputs had gone sky high during the year. He expressed his astonishment that despite unbearable rise in the cost of crop, the support price of sugarcane had decreased which was not acceptable to the growers. He demanded tangible increase in the support price of sugarcane to ensure the growers get fair return of their crop. Meanwhile, DCO M Asif has warned the fertilizers dealers of strict action if they were found overcharging the growers. He was chairing a meeting which was also attended among others by DDO Agricultural Manzoor Hussain and DO Agricultural Asghar Ali Dogar and Javed Akhtar Padhiar, held to review price of Urea. He said that the Urea price had been fixed at Rs1500 and DAP at Rs4,221 per bag. The DCO directed the officers to launch crackdown on fertilizers dealers who sell fertilizers at higher rates. MNA inspects ongoing uplift: MNA Saira Afzal Tarra on Thursday inspected rehabilitation of Gujranwala-Hafizabad Road and other ongoing projects and directed the officers concerned to ensure timely completion the projects at par with the quality standards set for the projects. She argued that Rs100 million was being spent (which had been provided by the CM in special package for the uplift schemes) which included rehabilitation of Gujranwala-Hafizabad Road from Lorry Adda. Meanwhile, the shopkeepers of alleged that substandard material was being used by the contractor in construction Gujranwala Road and urged the DCO to himself visit the site and take action against the contractor to save the wastage of state funds.