Punjab to activate online portal for monitoring urea supply chain

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The Punjab government has decided to activate an online portal for the monitoring of the supply chain of fertilizers.

The decision was taken at a meeting, jointly chaired by Punjab Chief Secretary Kamran Ali Afzal and Federal Industries and Production Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik at the Civil Secretariat, said a statement issued on Saturday.

The Punjab chief secretary said the officials would monitor fertiliser supplies from the companies to dealers through this portal.

It would also help obtain information about the stocks available in each district, he said and directed the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) chairman to immediately give all divisional commissioners and deputy commissioners access to the portal.

Afzal directed the field officers to ensure display of fertiliser prices at retail outlets. He also ordered to seal shops of profiteers and keep a check on the movement of fertiliser in the bordering districts.

Jawwad Rafique Malik directed the commissioners and deputy commissioners to come out in the field to ensure fertiliser availability at the rates fixed by the government. The urea sale at a price higher than Rs1,768/bag should not be allowed in any case, he added.

According to the report of the Special Branch, the crackdown on hoarders has helped bring down the prices of fertilisers.

Earlier on Friday, Minister for Industries and Production Makhdum Khusro Bakhtyar said that the government is taking all possible measures to supply urea to farmers at affordable prices for wheat sowing.

Chairing a meeting on fertilizer industry, the minister assured to carry out constant monitoring of urea supply from manufacturing units and movement of fertilizers at selling points across the country.

He lauded the action of fertilizer manufacturers to blacklist the hoarders for a smooth supply chain and market correction of urea countrywide.

He appreciated the efforts of the Punjab government against hoarders, adding that the same measures are expected by the Sindh government to provide urea at affordable prices for increased wheat production throughout the country in interest

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