HAFIZABAD - Deputy Commissioner Saleha Saeed has stressed upon bank representatives to simplify the disbursement of interest-free loan to the growers without waste of time.

Addressing a meeting of District Agriculture Advisory Committee and Agriculture Task Force Sub Committee, she said that government had provided Rs459.964 million as interest-free loan to 6,514 registered cultivators in the district to facilitate them to maximise food production as well as to better their socio-economic condition. It was, therefore, imperative for banks to facilitate the farmers to get loan without any obstacles and well in time.

She also directed the officials concerned to launch crackdown on such dealers as are selling fake and substandard insecticides and fertilisers and if any one proved defaulter, his premises be sealed so as to protect the interest of cultivators. The officers of agriculture, water management, fishers and livestock departments and market committee briefed the DC regarding the functioning of their departments.

She, however, stressed to improve their functioning and take necessary steps to achieve the targets, and warned that those found indifferent and negligent would face the music.