Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh: In order to check smuggling of fertilizer from Bangladesh to Burma, a meeting was held in Cox’s Bazaar District Collector's (DC) Office on April 25, our correspondent reports.

According to an official source, the DC of Cox’s Bazaar, Mohammed Habibur Raman, Minister Sawla Uddin, Engineer Sayedur Raman, Police Superintendent Gulam Rasule and District Extra Commissioner M.A Moshin of Cox’s Bazaar district attended the meeting.

During the meeting, they discussed the modalities of distribution of fertilizer to local farmers, as more complaints poured in to the DC's office from farmers about fertilizer meant for them being smuggled to the neighbouring country Burma.

The authorities chalked out a programme on how to control smuggling and distribute fertilizer to local farmers.

The distribution centres of fertilizers along the border areas must supply to the local farmers. If any distributor passes fertilizer to smugglers, as a penalty his distribution license will be cancelled.

According to traders from Maungdaw, the farmers of Arakan, Burma, depend on fertilizer from Bangladesh for cultivation. If they do not get fertilizer from Bangladesh they will not able to cultivate paddy and other seasonal fruits. The fertilizers supplied by the SPDC to Burmese farmers were low on quality and more expensive.