Govt plans for unified price of feed gas to fertilizer manufacturers and direct subsidy to farmers on fertilizer 

Islamabad, August 01, 2022 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Syed Murtaza Mahmud and Minister of State for Petroleum Division Dr. Musadik Masood Malik co-chaired a meeting on pricing of feed gas to fertilizer plants today. The meeting was held on the direction of the ECC meeting held on 28 July 2022, where it was decided to hold a meeting on the subject matter. It was informed that different fertilizer manufacturing companies are getting gas at different rates.

The participants were of the view that fertilizer companies should be supplied gas at a unified rate, and there should be a level playing field. Tariq Bashir Cheema said that for welfare of the farmers, our aim is to give direct subsidy to the farmer. The participants were of view that track and trace system of fertilizer bags can help in this regard.

Federal Minister Tariq Bashir Cheema remarked that food security hinges on the agricultural production. “To ensure food security, all of the relevant ministries and departments should sit together to work coherently”, he added. It was decided that Ministry of Industries will hold a meeting with fertilizer manufacturing companies on the pricing of gas. The meeting was scheduled for 3 August 2022.

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