Islamabad: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research, Mir Israrullah Zehri has taken a notice of the increase in the prices of urea saying that fertilizers is a key input to the agriculture sector and sufficient availability of urea at reasonable prices would be maintained at all cost.
The minister further said that a meeting with the fertilizers companies would be held after Eid ul Azha to convince them and bring down the urea prices to a rational level.
The minister said it while chairing a meeting with the officials of the ministry.
“The recent increase in the prices of urea is too high and we will hold a meeting with fertilizer companies to bring the prices down. The increased prices could impact the agricultural growth in the country and we definitely need to convince the fertilizers companies to reduce the prices”, said the minister.
Mr. Zehri said that it is the mandate of his ministry to ensure the availability of fertilizers according to the domestic requirements of the country after consultation with all stake holders. He further said that enhanced coordination with all provinces would be maintained to take timely decisions and the country does not face any challenges in the availability of agricultural inputs.
The newly established ministry is tasked to perform duties like Economic Coordination and Planning in respect of food, Import and Export of Food Grains and food Stuff including quality control/assurance, availability and storage, Collection of Statistics regarding production, consumption, prices, imports and exports of food grains, coordination with aid/assistance agencies in respect of food sector, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council and other Federal agriculture research organizations, FAO of United Nations in respect of Food, Plant Protection.
The ministry would also work for Pesticide import and standardization, Aerial Spray, Plant Quarantine and Locust Control in its international aspect and maintenance of locust warning organizations, Federal Seed Certification and Registration, Standardization and import of fertilizer.
Administrative Control of Pakistan Central Cotton Committee, Agriculture Policy Institute, Administrative Control of PASSCO, Pakistan Dairy Development Company, Livestock and Dairy Development Board (LDDB) and Fisheries Development Board (FDB),
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