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Imported fertilizers being damaged under open sky in Pabna

  • Published at 04:13 pm August 22nd, 2020
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File photo of imported fertilizers kept under the open sky on the bank of River Jamuna at Nagarbari in Pabna Dhaka Tribune

Importers under the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation import triple super phosphate (TSP), murate of potash (MOP) and dye ammonium phosphate (DAP) from various countries, including China, Egypt and Tunisia through Nagarbari River port

Several lakh bags of imported fertilizers have been kept under the open sky on the bank of River Jamuna at Nagarbari in Pabna due to a lack of buffer godowns.

According to sources, importers under the Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation import triple super phosphate (TSP), murate of potash (MOP) and dye ammonium phosphate (DAP) from various countries, including China, Egypt and Tunisia through Nagarbari River port. 

Later, the fertilizers are transported to 14 buffer godowns in the northern regions from the port area.

But due to the lack of godowns, the fertilizers are being piled up on around one kilometer area on the west bank of the Jamuna, making them vulnerable to damage in rain and sunlight. 

The fertilizers are not only getting damaged, but also harming the environment as they regularly get rainwater. Besides, local residents are disturbed by the pungent odour of the fertilizers.

“It is really difficult to live in the area due to the bad smell of the fertilizers. The damaged fertilizers are polluting the environment,” said a local resident.

Meanwhile, five cargo ships loaded with chemical fertilizers will be anchored at the port within a few days despite the fact that several lakh bags of imported fertilizers are being damaged there.

Regarding the problem, Santhia upazila Agriculture Officer Ismail Hossain, said: “The bags of chemical fertilizers were stacked under the open sky due to a lack of buffer godowns. We have notified the higher authorities about the matter.”

"A buffer godown is currently being built. Once it is completed, the problem can be resolved." he added.

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