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Centre asks states to curb smuggling of fertilisers
Correspondent SHILLONG, FEB 19:
Published on 19 Feb. 2011 10:55 PM IST
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The centre today asked all state government in the Northeastern states to adopt mechanisms to curb the smuggling of fertilisers activities to other neighbouring countries.
“We have received inputs from certain agencies about wide spread smuggling of fertilizers in the region and law enforcement agencies of state governments have been instructed to form a vigilance committee to check against the menace,” Union Agriculture Director Movements (incharge Fertilizer) Deepak Kumar told reporters here.
Smuggling of commonly used fertilisers like DAP to Nepal and Bangladesh, is a thriving business. There is a huge price difference between the subsidised indigenous fertilisers and prices in the neighbouring countries where fertilisers are not subsidised
Kumar who was attending the North East Zonal Conference on “Agricultural Inputs for Kharif, 2011” here.
The state governments, he said have been also asked to form a committee to look into the report of smuggling of fertilizers to neighbouring countries via their respective state. Kumar, however, did not elaborate much on the leakage of fertilizers for smuggling.
The North East Zonal Conference on Agricultural Inputs For Kharif 2011 discussed on problems being faced by agricultural departments and their requirement to fulfill the needs of farmers in the eight north eastern states.

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