State level orientation prog for fertiliser inspectors

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 3/18/2021 12:47:21 PM IST

Department of agriculture organised a state level orientation programme for fertiliser inspectors on March 18, 2021 at the directorate agriculture conference hall.

Highlighting on the importance of fertilisers in agriculture farming, additional director, C Peter Yanthan said that that under fertilisers control order, the government of India declared fertiliser as an essential commodity under the Essential Commodity Act 1955 and notified fertiliser Control Order 1985 (FCO) under this act.
As per provision of FCO, he said that the fertilisers which meet the standard of quality let down in the order should only be sold to the farmers.
Yanthan added that in order to make available large variety of fertiliser as per soil requirement, different grades of fertilisers including bio-fertilisers, organic fertilisers, city compost and vermin compost were notified under FCO.
In this regard, he said that the central committee advises the central government on matters relating to inclusion of new fertilisers under FCO and its specification.
He also said that subsidy was given for manufacturing of neem coated urea and in 2015, urea subsidy was enhanced from 35% to 75% for neem coated urea. 
Further, he requested the staff to educate the farmers in the field of agriculture when they go back to their respective areas.
Meanwhile, resource person of the programme, deputy director, Dr. James Chawang addressed duties and responsibilities of fertiliser inspectors and types of fertilisers commonly used in agriculture.
The programme was chaired by joint director, agriculture, Hewoto Sema, followed by discussion and interaction with the participants.

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