The Sindh government has lodged a complaint with the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) against leading fertiliser companies, Dawn learnt from informed sources.
The provincial government has accused the companies of
indulging in anti-competitive practices in the province, hurting the interests of the province and the farming community.It has been stated in the complaint, filed last week by the provincial ministry of agriculture, that at least two leading fertiliser companies in Sindh pressurise buyers to purchase a bag of DAP for four bags of urea. They decline to serve those who
refuse to agree to tie deal. It has been alleged that the practice has jacked up the prices of urea in the province as distributors cover for their expenses on DAP (that has low demand) by increasing the price of urea widely used by cultivators in both Rabi and Kharif
seasons.The commission has formed a committee to investigate the complaint. The report will be finalised within 60 days.
Ali Nawaz Shah, the Sindh minister for agriculture, was busy in the budget session and was not available for comments.
Courtesy: The DAWN