MOP (potash) fertilizer is being sold at double price in Rajbari. And urea and other fertilizers are being sold at a price four to five taka per kg higher than the fixed price. Meanwhile, in Baraigram of Natore, the administration has closed and locked the shop on the charge of selling fertilizer at excessive price.
Fertilizer traders in Rajbari claim that the price has increased due to the shortage of potash fertilizer.
And due to the increase in transportation cost, the price of urea and other fertilizers has increased. The agriculture department says that there is no shortage of fertilizers in the district. Action will be taken if the price is kept high.
The farmers of Rajbari district are not able to buy any fertilizer at the price fixed by the government. The government fixed price of potash fertilizer is Tk 15 per kg, but that fertilizer is being sold at Tk 28 to Tk 30 per kg. Farmers said that there will be problems in the yield of rice if potash fertilizer is not used in the right amount in Aman’s land.
Urea and other fertilizers also have to be bought at a price of four to six rupees per kg more than the fixed price. The government fixed the price of urea fertilizer at Tk 22, but it is being sold at Tk 25 to Tk 28 per kg. The price of TSP fertilizer is Tk 22 per kg but it is being sold at Tk 26 to Tk 28 per kg. However, Deputy Director of District Agriculture Extension Department SM Shahid Noor Akbar said, “There is no shortage of MOP fertilizer anywhere in Panch Upazila of the district. Action will be taken against those who sell fertilizers at higher prices. ‘
Meanwhile, administration has locked M/s Shatta store of Iman Ali, a retail card holder fertilizer seller in Banpara Bazar, on the charge of selling fertilizer at excessive price in Natore’s Baraigram. In the presence of Upazila Agriculture Officer Sharmin Sultana, Assistant Agriculture Officer Hazrat Ali locked the shop and took the key in his custody on Friday following the complaint of local buyer Abdur Rahim.