Govt. paying subsidy of twenty five billion rupees on fertilizer: National Assembly informed

Islamabad: The National Assembly resumed its session in Islamabad on Tuesday. Responding to a call attention notice Parliamentary Secretary Syed Haider Ali Shah told the House that the government was paying a subsidy of twenty five billion rupees on fertilizer to ensure its cheaper availability to the farmers.

He said eight fertilizer plants are producing six point nine million tons of Urea which is four hundred thousand metric tons more than our domestic consumption.

He said the shortage of seven hundred thousand metric tons was caused due to interruption in gas supply to fertilizer plants.

The Parliamentary Secretary said arrangements have been made for import of seven hundred thousand of Urea, out of which two Hundred thousand tons has already reached Karachi and remaining five hundred thousand would arrive next month.

He said all over the world a bag of Urea is sold not below three thousand rupees and this is also the import price but the government is providing a subsidy of one thousand three hundred rupees per bag.

He said provinces have been asked to ensure that the quota of Urea being provided to them is distributed judiciously.

The call attention notice was moved by Mrs. Yasmeen Rehman and others regarding non-availability of Urea fertilizer and its prices in the country.

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