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Project to curb fertiliser hoarding

Ranchi, April 28: The Union agriculture ministry is all set to launch an ambitious monitoring system in Jharkhand, along with five other states, as a part of its efforts to seal loopholes in distribution of subsidised fertilisers.

One district from each of the chosen states has been selected for introduction of the m-FMS (mobile-Fertiliser monitoring system) on a pilot basis from this May. Ranchi is the only district from Jharkhand.

To be executed by the department of fertilisers, under the Union ministry, the m-FMS will help track movement of fertilisers from manufacturers to distributors and finally to retailers.

A workshop was organised today at a Ranchi hotel to educate block level agriculture officers and members of various cooperative societies about the mission and their roles.

Around 50 participants from 18 blocks of Ranchi district took part in the event that was organised by the state agriculture department and Indian Farmers’ Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO).

IFFCO is also assisting the Centre in implementing the project across the country.

“This monitoring is essential to help the government gauge actual stock of fertilisers in the country and assess the exact demand,” Arun Dalal, deputy general manager, IFFCO, who came from Delhi for the purpose, said.

He said this online system would function with the help of particular software developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC).

Distributors and retailers, Dalal added, would be required to acknowledge online receipt of consignments within a specified time limit. Again, retailers would have to obtain details of farmers to whom they would sell subsidised fertilisers, he added.

“When fed on the website, the information will get uploaded on a centralised database,” Dalal explained.

He added that similar workshops would be held at the cluster level — 18 blocks of Ranchi district have been divided in eight clusters — between April 29 and May 5.