HATSINGIMARI: The black market of fertilisers has been a major reason for concern among the farmers of the state and now a syndicate involved in such activities have come to light. This syndicate allegedly sold fertilisers meant for the Assam illegally sold in Meghalaya.
The incident took place in the South Salmara Mankachar district of the state. A business dealing in fertilisers named Shanti Store, located in the Kothalbari locality of the district has reportedly tried to sell the Urea allegedly meant to be sold in Assam, illegally in Bhaitbari in the West Garo Hills district of the state.
According to locals, a truck bearing registration number AS 17 B 2394 was captured on cameras unloading the fertilisers at a location in the Bhaitbari locality. When the driver was questioned by people regarding the fertilisers, they presented a document showing that the fertilisers were addressed for one Shanti Store, which is supposed to be a government-licensed fair price shop in the South Salmara Mankachar district of the state.
Soon after the incident, the local people informed officials of the district agriculture department, who took stock of the situation. They also demanded the arrest of the driver of the truck along with the seizure of the contents to reveal the key culprits of this syndicate.
It can be noted that the shortage of fertilisers, especially urea during the farming season has become a major cause of concern for the farmers as a large number of them depend on the subsidised fertilisers supplied by the government. It remains to see if the authorities take the necessary action to prevent the repetition of such incidents in the region as these incidents have a major negative impact on both agricultural production as well as the morale of the hardworking farmers of the state.
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