Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The Cooperation Department has directed Markfed and fertiliser traders to sell old stock at revised price following implementation of GST.

The directive comes after some traders were caught selling the fertilisers at old price despite a slash in price post GST. Even the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers recently wrote to the State to keep close eye on the sale of fertilisers.

"Be it old stock or new, the traders are bound to sell the item at new price following GST. Otherwise they must be taken to task. I have already issued an order to the concerned authorities in this connection," Cooperation Minister Surya Narayan Patro said.

The department will compensate the loss incurred by Markfed due to GST rate, the minister added.

Of the 2,700 Primary Agricultural Co-operative Society (PACS), 1,800 have procured urea from Markfed and stored in their own godowns. The societies have been asked to sell the stock at new price after the GST rate of fertilisers was reduced from 12 to 5%.

Sources said the MRP of all fertilisers decreased in 23 States and Union Territories including Odisha.

Moreover Collectors and District Agriculture Officers have been directed by the government to take measures to ensure adequate availability of fertilisers for farmers as some companies cancelled their indents with railways leading to supply crisis.