FAISALABAD - A meeting of the committee, that was constituted to suggest amendments in the Punjab Fertiliser (control) Ordinance 1973 and to give new policy draft for the Fertiliser Control Act by taking all stakeholders on board, was held at University of Agriculture, Faisalabad.

The committee is aimed to remove anomalies and misgivings to address the malpractices and issues of traceability in the sector. The meeting was held with UAF Vice Chancellor Dr Iqrar Ahmad in the chair. Additional Secretary Agriculture Bilal Ahmad Butt, DG Extension Dr Anjum Ali Butter, DG Research Dr Noorul Islam Khan, Dr Muhammad Arshad Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Dr Rashid Ahmad former DG Research AARI Faisalabad, law experts and representatives of the fertiliser companies attended the meeting, and raised various issues to be dealt with.

The house was of the view to improve various definitions used in the proposed fertiliser control act 2013. Dr Iqrar said that the draft was absolutely open for improvement and changes. Highlighting the significance of the proposed draft, he said the act would serve the sector for the next so many decades so it should be made error-free to eliminate the hurdles in equitable distribution of all types of fertilisers to the farmers. Highlighting salient objectives of the proposed draft, he said that the government was determined to regulate the equitable distribution of fertilisers and making it available at fair price to the farmers at grassroots level.

Bilal Ahmad urged the fertiliser companies to help the government effectively deal the malpractice in the sector and reduce the role of middleman and seasonal fertiliser traders. He vowed to implement the proposed act in letter and spirit that would net the culprits with iron hands.

DG Extension Dr Anjum Ali Butter said the government has to regulate the things so as to make the best quality fertiliser available for the farmers at fair prices. He said that every fertiliser dealer would get registered with the department and the companies need to furnish their concerned district officers with the requisite information so the government could make appropriate arrangements at district level and make sure the availability of the best quality fertilisers for the farmers.

 The representatives of private sector and fertiliser companies assured the government of their full support in making the new draft safeguarding all stakeholders.