OUR STAFF REPORTER PAKPATTAN - The Farmers Association of Pakpattan has alleged that the District Agriculture Department had totally failed to control the artificial hike in the prices of urea fertilizer and some officials are involved in fertilizer black marketing, causing shortage of fertilizers at the stage of sowing different crops. A large number of farmers met DCO Syed Haider Iqbal and informed him about the situation. On the occasion, the DCO assured the farmers that he will ensure to protect the interest of farmers. A farmer namely Nazir Ahmed told this scribe at DCO Office that the Agriculture department was involved in the exploitation of the farming community.