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Sell fertilisers at govt-fixed prices or face action: Razzaque

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  • 15 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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Sell fertilisers at govt-fixed prices or face action: Razzaque

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Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque warned that tough actions will be taken against those who sell fertilisers at higher prices than the fixed.

“Anone trying to sell fertilisers at higher prices than the fixed must face stern actions,” he said.

Razzaque, also the presidium member of ruling Awami League, said this while talking to journalists over contemporary issues at his secretariat office in Dhaka on Sunday.

The agriculture minister said that there are sufficient stocks of fertilisers including urea, TSP, DAP and MOP in the country against their demands.

“There is no shortage of fertilisers in the country. Stocks are enough against the demand, We are monitoring it closely so that none can create any artificial crisis of fertiliser,” he said.

Razzaque said that there will be no impact of fuel price hikes on fertiliser prices.

“Agricultural production will not be disrupted but the price of agricultural products will go up slightly,” he said.

Mentioning that the government is trying its best to reduce the sufferings of the people, the minister said due to the global crisis, including the ongoing Covid-19 situation and the war between Ukraine and Russia, the prices of food products, fertilisers, oil and gas have gone up unexpectedly.

“Like others, it has also affected our country. As a result, the sufferings of the people have mounted. The government is trying to ease the sufferings of the people,” he said.

The minister also said that the government will sell rice at Tk 15 per kg to low and limited-income people. Social safety net programmes will also continue, he added.

Hoping that the prices of fertilisers and food grains will decrease soon, the minister said that the United States lifted the ban on the export of fertilisers from Russia while the grain exports from Ukraine started.

“If wheat export from Ukraine starts, the price of wheat in the international market will decrease. All these will have an impact in the country. The price of food products will also decrease,” agriculture minister said.