Monday, July 4, 2022

PM Imran Khan orders implementation of plan for Urea distribution at UC level

PM Imran Khan orders implementation of plan for Urea distribution at UC level

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan chaired a high-level meeting on the fertilizer issues at Islamabad on Wednesday.

Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Imran Khan directed to implement the comprehensive plan immediately, stating that facilitation of the small farmers is among the top most priorities of the government.

He ordered to ensure availability of Urea to farmers at the control rate.

The meeting was given a detailed briefing on Urea production, its distribution across the country, monitoring mechanism to curb hoarding and smuggling and the price differential between Pakistan and international market, including regional countries.

The meeting was briefed that the Urea production in three year tenure of the government surpassed 6.1 million tons, 440,000 bags per day, which prior to 2018 never crossed 5.5 million tons, 370,000 bags per day.

This was achieved due to the government's policies, including unhindered supply of gas to urea plants. In addition to that, due Prime Minister's vision to prioritize food security, a robust system to monitor fertilizer supply and demand with constant monitoring has been put in place that has led to resolution of issues on daily basis.

Except Sindh, with a production of 90% and verification of 23%, all other provinces have been ensuring verification on the PITB portal. The meeting was also given details regarding anti-smuggling operations and number of bags confiscated at the border crossing by authorities.

The meeting was also briefed on other factors responsible for creating hurdles in plugging demand and supply gap in urea sector, such as panic buying by farmers, buying by people other than farmers to sell at a premium, increased cultivation by farmers due to increased incomes in the last produce.

A comprehensive plan was also presented in the meeting which after implementation will ensure smooth distribution of Urea fertilizer at union council level under the monitoring of district administration, agricultural department and revenue department.

The meeting was attended by Federal Ministers Shaukat Tarin, Fawad Chaudhary, Hammad Azhar, Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiyar, Syed Fakhar Imam, Minister for State Farrukh Habib, SAPM Dr Shehbaz Gill, Jamshed Iqbal Cheema, stakeholders from fertilizer industry and concerned officials.